Phoenix police: No officers hurt, suspect dead following home invasion

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Phoenix police shot and killed a home-invasion suspect after they say he pointed his gun at them.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says the incident unfolded when a 15-year-old girl home alone reported a man had entered her apartment. She was able to leave the home unharmed as officers arrived at the scene near 50th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

It was a scary wake up call for people living in the apartment complex.

"Here and there, but nothing like this.. crazy.. it was kind of surprising to me," said Rose, who lives in the area.

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Around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, police were called to the apartment. The teen told officers a man broke in and he had a gun.

"She was concerned because she heard noises outside of the apartment and at some point, she became so frightened, she hid under her bed and that's when she noticed the suspect was in the apartment walking around," said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune.

Once inside the apartment, officers found the suspect. He originally listened to them and dropped his weapon, but then he lunged for it.

The victim was not injured.

"She did the right thing. She did not engage the suspect. She made sure she was hidden. She made sure she was out of sight from that suspect," said Fortune.

People living in the area that we spoke to say they'll be more alert and make sure to keep their doors and windows locked.

"People who aren't from here can get access to screen doors because not a lot of people lock their screen doors," said Rose.

The suspect, who is described as in his early 40s, later died at a hospital. His name has not been released.

Police say there was no relation between the victim and the suspect in this case.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, this is the 44th officer-involved shooting in 2018.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.