Teenager Breaks Into Tolleson Cop's House; You Betcha, That Kid Got Shot
Residential burglary is a slightly safer activity than Russian roulette, but sooner or later, burglars are bound to run into someone with a gun who does not take kindly to scumbags in his house.
One of those types would be cops, who all have guns, and aren't too sympathetic toward crime.
A 17-year-old kid found that out the hard way Tuesday afternoon, as he broke into the home of a Tolleson police officer.
The officer -- whose name hasn't been released -- was taking a nap at home around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he heard breaking glass coming from downstairs, according to Phoenix police.
The cop went down there with his firearm, and found this uninvited teenager in his home "armed with a large rock," police say.
After giving the teenager commands to drop the rock, police say the kid instead cocked his arm back as if he were going to throw it at the officer, and the Tolleson cop put a bullet in the intruder's head.
The officer gave first aid before Phoenix police and fire showed up to his home.
The 17-year-old, who also hasn't been named, was brought to the hospital, and was in critical condition.
The officer was uninjured.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.