Phoenix Burglar Dead After Breaking Into Armed Security Guard's Home

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A burglar was killed this weekend after he got a surprise visit from this owner of the home he was ransacking.

Phoenix police say the burglar, whose name hasn't been released, was in the process of stealing things from the home of an armed security guard.

As the homeowner went into the house -- near 33rd Avenue and Cactus Road -- he saw the burglar exiting one of the bedrooms in the home. Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos said the two had some sort of confrontation, and the homeowner shot him.

The burglar was unresponsive by the time police arrived, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say more details will be released.

Meanwhile, here's a tip: If you're dumb enough to burglarize homes in an area with a high concentration of gun ownership, just stay home and play Russian roulette with yourself, and save everyone else the trouble.

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44 comments
OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

THIS SON OF A BITCH DESERVES TO BE DRAGGED OUT BACK AND STRUNG UP!!!  YOU DONT DANGER FOLKS AND BREAK INTO THERE FUCKIN' HOUSES!!  I'M GLAD THIS PIECE OF SHIT WAS SHOWN THE BARREL OF SHOT GUN!!!

Camille Stodgell
Camille Stodgell

I would say ...Be Aware Criminals....You never know...Who has a gun ! Now, It's the good guy's turn !

Kelly Miller Mayor
Kelly Miller Mayor

I got burgled when I lived on Cactus...I think 19th. I moved in with a cop with a gun! :)

robert_graham
robert_graham

The moral of this story is:  "if you break into somebody's house you run the risk of being shot whether or not you are armed."  Do you blame the security guard?

Vince Rafferty
Vince Rafferty

NT is such a lib commie rag I dont know why I follow them lol

Margie Wrye
Margie Wrye

Um...the jab at the end of the article combined with the commentary at the top of this post? The burglar died as a result of his stupidity...I wasn't the one who brought a "game" i.e. Russian Roulette into a news report, the Times and this post did. So if the Times isn't a news source and I should treat it like the Onion...fine. Otherwise...don't know why you engaged me and didn't just ignore my comment....

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

Who are you talking to? NT isn't making a statement about anything. They're just reporting facts, minus this jab at the end of the article (which it doesn't seem like you read): "If you're dumb enough to burglarize homes in an area with a high concentration of gun ownership, just stay home and play Russian roulette with yourself, and save everyone else the trouble." Looks like no one disagrees with you and you're arguing with yourself.

Beth BigEagle
Beth BigEagle

Nothing is worth taking another's life. Period. Why value things/objects more than a life. A soul is irreplaceable..things on the other hand are.

Rob Zemeida
Rob Zemeida

It's because New Times is a liberal "media" reporting outlet that this article is biased. Duh

Damian Terry
Damian Terry

Teach him to come wandering out of sunny slope.

Capitalist-Socialist
Capitalist-Socialist

As a gun owner I suggest that all gun owners should take the concealed carry class to really understand the laws and rights we have as gun owners.

Captdie Steve O
Captdie Steve O

Because everyone in this state owns a gun. I've noticed a lot of citizens from other states come to Arizona and don't know we a pro gun state. It's the wild wild west. :)

Jason Youngdale
Jason Youngdale

that's called Karma and less of my tax dollars towards prisons

Steve Lewis
Steve Lewis

Boom Boom Boom! I'm gonna shoot you right down! John Lee Hooker.

Stephanie F Johnston
Stephanie F Johnston

If someone breaks into my home... I'm going to make the assumption that they have ill intent and I'm not going to take the time to ask. In making that personal decision on their part (it's called personal responsibility) , they forfeit any rights they have because they are damn sure not concerned about my rights. Yes, they are playing "Russian roulette" but rest assured they are going to be playing with a fully loaded firearm pointed at them when they break into my home and they will loose that game.

Keith Woodson
Keith Woodson

breaking into ANYONE'S home should be like playing Russian roulette......

Teresa Marie
Teresa Marie

Boom, boom, boom! Another One Bites The Dust! Won't have crowded jails, no body crying about tents or food. Swift justice!

Margie Wrye
Margie Wrye

Sooooo...what's your point? The thief should have not gotten shot? If someone trespasses my property and breaks into my house, I'm supposed to say "thanks" and let them go on their merry way?

pedro.dalion
pedro.dalion

"...some kind of confrontation"

Yes, that must have been some kind of confrontation. I hope he gave the guy a headstart before he blasted him. A millisecond headstart is more than enough time for somebody stealing your stuff. It's twice as much time than he took planning his heist.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'm usually critical of anyone who shoots another person in anything other than actual self-defense. The killer Scottsdale cop was allowed to retire. OK. The Tempe cop who shot and killed the man wielding nothing more than a box cutter and not really threatening anyone deserves prison. But a man's home is his castle and I say, "right on!" and "way to go!" to that security guard.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Dumbass fool that burglar is.

Good for that homeowner. At least now millions of taxpayer dollars are saved with one less criminal on the street.

Furious Jim
Furious Jim

@pedro.dalion  Seriously!? You hope he gave the criminal a head start? The only head start a burglar deserves is when his head starts to explode all over the wall from my well placed shot.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

@eric.nelson745 AMEN PATRIOT AND MAY THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL THOSE FUCKING BASTARDS THAT WANT TO BREAK INTO HOUSES!!!  WE WILL SHOOT!!!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  

I hope you never have to face somebody wielding "nothing more than a box cutter" and have to make a split-second decision about whether or not he's trying to kill you.

If you ever do face a similar situation, I hope you have enough sense to err on the side of saving your own life.  I really have no doubt that you would.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 The moral of this story is:  "if you break into somebody's house you run the risk of being shot whether or not you are armed."  Do you blame the security guard?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 I would have the presence of mind to RUN! See? It's that easy. I understand that my strategy might not work if I'm cornered. But 99% of the time there's gonna be an escape route. But POW! POW! That cop certainly didn't see things my way. And I'd almost bet my next Social Security check that he's not back to work yet. If he ever goes back to work, that is. Who knows, he might apply for disability because of PTSD. He may have already contacted Caldwell & Ober. Hehe.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 @shadeaux14 I made it clear that I support the homeowner's action. But I maintain that police using deadly force as a first option is usually unnecessary unless the perp is armed. I repeat that if that guy in Tempe was charging them with nothing more than a box cutter, they could have gotten out of the way and he might still be alive. They get out of the way, regroup and figure what to do. Cops in San Diego killed a guy who was wielding a small tree branch! Deadly force was necessary? I think not. I agree wholeheartedly that if the perp is armed all bets are off and the cops are justified to blast away.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 @shadeaux14  

If you choose to shoot because you believe you are about to be killed, that really doesn't make you "trigger happy".    I don't think you've really gotten your mind around the fact that we're talking about the last few seconds of your life.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Eric,

Just curious. Have you ever been in a life threatening confrontation?


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  

If you try to run, you might stumble and fall.  Lousy tactics when your life is on the line.  Sounds reasonable if you don't really know what you're talking about, though.

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