Tucson, Arizona

From the Tucson Citizen of March 17, 2007

Apartment robbery goes bad; one suspect shot, two arrested

A North Side resident shot a man participating in an invasion of his apartment Friday, Tucson police said.

The man who was shot is in serious condition at University Medical Center. Two others who participated in the invasion are in custody and one suspect is still on the loose, Sgt. Decio Hopffer said.

Police received a call from an apartment complex in the 100 block of West Limberlost Drive about 4 p.m. alerting them that three men and one woman tried to break into an apartment, resulting in one of the suspects being shot by the apartment’s resident, Hopffer said.

About 30 minutes later, a representative from St. Mary’s Hospital called police – standard procedure when a shooting victim shows up at the hospital – telling them a man who had been shot had come to the emergency room with three of his friends, Hopffer said.

When police showed up at the hospital, the three uninjured suspects ran, causing the hospital to go into “lockdown” from about 4 to 5:35 p.m., police and hospital officials said.

“What happened on West Limberlost spilled to St. Mary’s (hospital),” Hopffer said, dispelling earlier reports that a shooting had occurred in the hospital.

Two of the suspects, one man and the woman, were arrested at St. Mary’s while one man got away, Hopffer said. No names were released by police Friday.

Search warrants were issued for the suspects’ white Chevrolet and the apartment that had been invaded, Hopffer said.

Police would not release results of the search Friday night.

Police also would not release details of the shooting, including how many times the suspect was shot or what kind of weapon was used.

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