Apache Junction home invasion: Owner reportedly shoots suspect

PCSO: Man opens fire on home invasion suspects

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. -

Authorities say a homeowner opened fire on two people during a home invasion Monday night near McKellips and Meridian.

Around 8:20 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from the homeowner, who reported that the male suspects tried to kick in the back door to his residence and shots had been fired.

One of the suspects, identified as 19-year-old Sal Olmos of Mesa, was shot.  He had a non-life threatening shotgun wound to the upper part of both of his legs.

PCSO says their investigation determined that Olmos and two other suspects committed an attempted robbery and home invasion.  Sal told them he was owed money by one of the people inside the home and went there to collect.  He admitted they were all armed and brought zip-ties so they were "prepared for whatever."

Officials say when the 59-year-old homeowner heard the men at his home's back door, he looked at a security camera and saw the suspects wearing hoods and holding guns -- then they began kicking the door.

"The homeowner used a shotgun and fired one round through his backdoor. Another one of the residents inside of the home fired one shot from a pistol through the door after he saw laser sights pointed at his head from the individuals outside. The three suspects outside fired rounds from three different caliber handguns inside of the residence. After the gunfire exchange, the three suspects ran from the house," per PCSO.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said, "This is very unusual.. very serious crime to have this many people exchange gunfire.  Surprisingly very happy that no one was more seriously injured or killed."

Olmos was found in a neighbor's yard while the other two suspects continued to flee the area. 

In the yard, detectives found zip-ties, a hooded sweatshirt and a .45 caliber handgun.

"Sal Olmos admitted to shooting the handgun into the home and being high on methamphetamines for several days. When he was arrested, he had 2 grams of crystal methamphetamines in his pocket. Sal was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Attempted 1st Degree Burglary, four counts of Aggravated Assault, Shooting into an Occupied Structure, Misconduct Involved Weapons and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges and arrests are pending," stated Babeu.

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