An armed man trying to collect on a debt got more than he bargained for when the residents shot back during a home invasion Monday night.
Sal Anthony Olmos, 19, of Mesa, was shot when he and two other men went to a home in the 2600 block of West Canyon Street in Apache Junction, at about 8:20 p.m. in what Olmos admitted was an attempt to collect a debt, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.
Deputies responded to a 911 call from the homeowner who “reported numerous male suspects attempted to kick in the back door to his residence and shots had been fired,” Gaffney said.
“When the 59-year-old homeowner heard the men at his back door he looked on the family’s security camera and saw three unknown suspects wearing hoods and holding guns,” Gaffney said. “He then heard the suspects start kicking at the door.
“The homeowner used a shotgun and fired one round through his backdoor. Another one of the residents inside of the home fired one shot from a pistol through the door after he saw laser sights pointed at his head from the individuals outside. The three suspects outside fired rounds from three different caliber handguns inside of the residence.”
Olmos who was shot, and his two accomplices ran from the home, but because of his injuries, Olmos collapsed in a neighbor’s yard. When deputies arrived, they found Olmos laying in the yard with non-life threatening shotgun wounds to both of his legs, Gaffney said.
Olmos told investigators he brought with him black zip-ties so they were “prepared for whatever,” the news release stated. In the yard where Olmos was found, detectives recovered the zip-ties, a hooded sweatshirt and a .45 caliber handgun.
Olmos admitted to investigators that he had been high on methamphetamines for several days when he shot at the house. He had 2 grams of crystal meth in his pocket when he was arrested.
He was booked into the Pinal County jail for attempted first-degree burglary, shooting into an occupied structure, misconduct involved weapons, possession of a dangerous drug and four counts of aggravated assault. Additional charges and arrests are pending.