Phoenix police continued their investigation into what exactly led to the shooting of a man who broke into a home near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home on Friday morning.
A 77-year-old man who was in the home shot at the suspect with a shotgun about 3:19 a.m., said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.
The man told police his house had been burglarized the day before, Thompson said.
The intruder, William Thomas Mackey, 30, died at the scene, Thompson said. A pickup truck he drove was found in front of the residence, but Thompson said it was not clear if Mackey was involved in the burglary the day before.
"I heard some commotion with all the dogs barking," said a woman identified only as Sandi.
She said she wasn't sure why her's and the other dogs in the neighborhood were barking.
That is, until she heard a "Boom. And then all the dogs just started barking, the whole neighborhood did," she said.
She wasn't the only one whose sleep was interrupted.
"Our pit bull started barking, just very aggressive," a man identified only as Jeff said. "She doesn't bark unless there's something going on."
He said he was shocked to know someone had been shot just a few doors down.
"I was kind of surprised," he said. "I mean, we've had break-ins, especially behind me. There's a lot of vandalism but to find somebody who got shot down the street, it's kind of, 'Oh crap,'"
Police said the home's occupant woke up to a strange noise in his house.
"Found an intruder in his home, that homeowner shot and killed that intruder," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.
Thompson said the suspect and victim do not appear to know one another.
"We're trying to find out why this intruder was in the home," he said. "Obviously it startled the homeowner."
Arizona residents have the legal right to defend themselves and their home, and Thompson said police want to make sure that's exactly what happened at the house.
"You have the right to protect yourself, to protect your family, and these are the questions we're gonna look at before we go through this," he said.
It didn't appear the homeowner would face any charges. Police did not say how many shots the homeowner fired or if the suspect was hit more than once.
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