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Armed suspect in Phoenix home invasion killed by police

December 28, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police shot and killed a home-invasion suspect after they say he pointed his gun at them.

Sgt. Mercedes Fortune says the incident unfolded Friday morning when a 15-year-old girl home alone reported a man had entered her apartment.

She was able to leave the home unharmed as officers arrived at the scene near 50th Avenue and Thunderbird Road.

According to Fortune, police entered the apartment unaware the suspect was still inside.

Police say the suspect put down his weapon but then he lunged for it.

An officer fired, hitting the man.

The suspect, who is described as in his early 40s, later died at a hospital.

Authorities did not release his name.

They believe he may have entered through a sliding glass door.

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