Phoenix, Arizona

From the Arizona Republic of November 20, 2007

Man fatally shot after trying to forcefully enter Phoenix hotel room

A man was shot in the head and killed after trying to force his way into a Phoenix hotel room early Tuesday morning.

A father, his wife and three children were inside their hotel room at Budget Suites hotel near Interstates 101 and 17, when an armed man attempted to enter around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Pat Tortorici of the Phoenix Police Department.

Police said that the two men knew each other.

The armed man initially got into a fight with the man inside the hotel room as he attempted to enter.

The armed man then cut the man’s hand. While trying to get into the room, the armed man pulled out a gun, Tortorici said. But the man in the hotel room was quicker and shot the intruder in the head.

He died at the scene, Tortorici said.

No one else was injured.

The man and his family were taken to police headquarters for questioning.

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