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.



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