Skip to comments.AZ:MCSO: Arizona homeowner shoots intruder
Posted on 06/22/2013 9:22:07 AM PDT by marktwain
SUN CITY, AZ - The Maricopa County Sheriffs Office has taken a man into custody who they believe is suspected of a home invasion in Sun City.
According to Officer Christopher Hegstrom, MCSO received a call around 2:00 a.m. on Friday morning about a home invasion taking place near Peoria and 111th Avenues.
MCSO says the suspect, 33-year-old Joshua Barnes, was armed when he entered the home.
But he picked the wrong home to mess with. The homeowner, Dave Sobley is an armed Maricopa County Sheriff posse member.
"I met him in the hallway after I heard the yelling coming from my wife's room. He shoved me backwards and caused me to knock things off the nick-nack shelf. At that point that's when he told me to get on the floor or he said, "I'll kill ya,"" said Sobley.
When Barnes walked away, Sobley went back to his bedroom for a loaded revolver. Sobley's wife Audrey heard one single gun shot.
"I did not know who was shot. I did not, and my heart stopped. My heart stopped until I heard his voice," said Audrey Sobley.
The Sobley's were escorted out of their house by police and began the hunt for the intruder. Later that morning, Brian Smalley, a serviceman at a nearby golf course, spotted Barnes near his truck.
"He looked distraught and he was looking like he was in a hurry to get out of there ... that's why I thought he was going to take something out of the truck because he was walking real fast," said Smalley.
A homeowner nearby called 911 and deputies swooped in to get their man.
Air15 flew over the scene and showed officials loading Barnes into an ambulance near 111th Avenue and Mountain View Road.
Officials say Barnes was only wearing blue jeans and a blonde wig when he allegedly broke into the Sun City home.
Neighbors say they're not shocked the homeowner was armed because in their neighborhood everyone is armed and ready.
"And the ones that don't like guns, we have a lot of widowed women who live by themselves, we take care of them, check on them all the time," said neighbor Walter Ready.
Barnes was shot in the hand and neck. He was taken to a nearby hospital to recover from his injuries.
Barnes is facing charges of 2 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 2 countsof kidnapping-apprehension of of injury, and 1 count of 1st degree burglary.
Officials said a photo of Barnes is unavailable at this time.
I love this country!
My only problem is deciding which one to use!
Keep at least one on each floor.
One of the reasons I wish local law enforcement would publish a list of the 100 meter dash times of all of the local criminals and make the list available under the FOIA.
Ours is a Neighborhood Watch area....everyone is always prepared for snakes or home invasions.
I wonder when Major Bloomberg's day will come and it will.........
One of Sheriff Joe’s deputies? That dog won’t hunt.
The law here protects people who use force in self defense. If you break into someone's home in Arizona and they shoot you, it's more likely you'll be billed for the cost of their ammo than that you'll win a law suit.
Winter is actually the home invasion season here. Lots of affluent, unarmed Canadian snow birds around. This time of year the perpetrators are usually drunk, stoned or mentally ill. Breaking into someone's home just ain't a healthy thing to do.
You mean "Gun Control". Right on!
Damned fool to try and rob a house in (retirement community) Sun City? Eyes looking out every window, a gun in every hand, and a willingness to shoot early and often. There is almost zero crime in SC, outside of adultery.
ABC 20/20 once did a story about the SCPD, and they had a scrawny old cuss out on a gun range, doing his “pistol qualification”. He put on quite a show, pretending to be mostly deaf and with bad eyesight. And then he pulled out his revolver, with a very long barrel. He squeezed off six rounds, fast.
The video broke then showed him with his target. Six holes making an almost perfect circle around the bullseye. “Darn!”, he exclaimed, “I guess he got away!”
They later said he had been a circus trick shooter.
About the only other crime I heard about in SC was some transient who was holding a TV, in a window frame half in and half out, with several barrels pointed at him.
Maybe the guy was trying to choke himself when he was shot.