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Mar 18, 2014 2:08 PM by Faye DeHoff

Home invasion suspect shot by homeowner

APACHE JUNCTION - A homeowner shoots a home invasion suspect who tried to kick in the back door to his home in Apache Junction last night.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office got a 9-1-1 call at 8:20 Monday night from a homeowner in the 2600 block of West Canyon Street saying numerous male suspects were trying to get into his home by kicking in the back door. He also reported shots had been fired. Additional 9-1-1 calls came in from other residents in the neighborhood who reported hearing shots fired and one of the callers reported a man was shot and was laying in a yard.

When deputies arrived, they spoke with the four residents of the home while other deputies and medical personnel treated 19-year old Sal Anthony Olmos of Mesa. Olmos had a non-life threatening shotgun wound to the upper part of both of his legs.

Deputies say Olmos and two other suspects committed an attempted robbery and a home invasion. According to Olmos, he was owed a large sum of money by one of the residents inside the home. Olmos admitted he went to the home with two other suspects to collect the money. He said they were all armed and brought "black zip-ties" so they were "prepared for whatever."

When the 59-year old homeowner heard the men at his back door, he looked on the family's security camera and saw three suspects wearing hoods and holding guns. He then heard the suspects kicking at 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. After the gunfire exchange, the three suspects ran from the house. Olmos was not able to continue running and was found in a neighbor's yard. The other two suspects kept running.

In the yard where Olmos was found, detectives recovered black zip-ties, a hooded sweatshirt and a .45 caliber handgun.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "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. Olmos 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."

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