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PCSO: AJ homeowner wounds burglary suspect in groin

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Sal Anthony Olmos. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Sal Anthony Olmos. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
A hole in the back door shows where an Apache Junction homeowner fired his shotgun at a home-invasion suspect. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) A hole in the back door shows where an Apache Junction homeowner fired his shotgun at a home-invasion suspect. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
APACHE JUNCTION, AZ (CBS5) -

A 19-year-old Mesa man was shot and wounded by a homeowner during an attempted home invasion Monday in an unincorporated area of Apache Junction.

Sal Anthony Olmos suffered a non-life-threatening wound to his groin and upper legs when the homeowner fired his shotgun through the back door as Olmos and two other men tried to kick in the door about 8:30 p.m., said Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The homeowner called deputies to say the men were trying to get into his house in the 2600 block of West Canyon Street, near Warner Road and between McDowell Road and McKellips Boulevard, and that shots had been fired, Gaffney said.

Neighbors also reported hearing several gunshots and saw a man laying in a yard just before deputies arrived, Gaffney said.

Olmos told deputies he and the two other men had come to the home to collect a large amount of money owed to him by one of four people in the house, Gaffney said.

Olmos admitted they were well armed, brought black zip-ties and were "prepared for whatever," Gaffney said.

The 59-year-old homeowner spotted three people outside wearing hoods and holding guns as he viewed the house security camera, and then heard the suspects kicking at his back door, Gaffney said.

He said he fired one round from his shotgun and another person inside the home fire a round from a handgun after seeing laser sights pointed at his head, Gaffney said.

The three suspects returned fire and then fled, with the wounded Olmos falling in a neighboring yard.

Deputies were still looking for the other two suspects Tuesday morning, Gaffney said.

Olmos was taken to Maricopa Medical Center in serious condition.

Gaffney said deputies recovered a hooded sweatshirt and a .45-caliber handgun.

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