Early Morning Break-In Turns Fatal
April 16, 2008
The Mesa Police Department is investigating an early morning
break-in that occurred at approximately 2:19 a.m. in the area of
4800 E. Princess in Mesa. A 38-year-old male was shot by the
homeowner after a reported struggle.
A 38-year-old male and female married couple were sleeping
inside their residence when they heard what appeared to be
someone breaking in through a bedroom window. A third occupant
was also inside the residence. The female homeowner ran to a
closet to call 9-1-1. The male homeowner confronted an armed
male who forced entry into the residence. A struggle ensued
between the homeowner and a suspect. During the struggle, the
homeowner obtained control of the suspect's handgun. The
homeowner then shot the male suspect. The suspect was pronounced
deceased on scene by Mesa Fire.
A second male suspect who was outside the residence during the
incident was detained and taken into custody by Mesa Police.
All the known parties involved are currently being interviewed
by investigators. It is probable this incident is drug related.
No other injuries were reported.
There is no further information at this time.
Mesa Police Investigators have arrested Mickey Lynn Stoner, 42,
for a warrant on misconduct involving weapons. Stoner was the
individual located outside the residence on Princess the morning
of the shooting incident. Investigators discovered Mickey had a
warrant for his arrest on an unrelated charge.