A woman shot and killed two men who were trying to break into her midtown home early Wednesday morning, police said.
The woman was not injured in the confrontation. Her home was specifically targeted in the attempted home invasion, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, Tucson Police Department spokesman. The attempted home invasion appears to have been narcotics related, he said.
Officer Frank Magos, a Tucson police spokesman gave the following account in a news release:
The woman, who was alone in the home, woke up around 3:45 a.m. to noise coming from the rear of the house.
She confronted and shot the two men accused of trying to force their way into the home in the 4600 block of East Duncan Street. The home is near North Swan and East Grant roads.
The woman then sought help from a neighbor and called 911.
Officers arrived to find the two who were shot, Corey Teixeira, 18, and Ali Mohamed, 18, in the home’s backyard.
Teixeira was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities transported Mohamed to a hospital where he died shortly after arriving.
It is unclear if the woman will face charges, Dugan said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 88-CRIME, an anonymous tipster line.
Wednesday’s shooting is one of more than 100 incidents in the area reported to law enforcement in the past six months, according to Crime Reports, a crime-tracking website.
“I’m definitely going to get a gun to protect myself, too,” said Jay Spencer, a neighbor who has lived in the area for about seven months.
Spencer said that in the short time he has lived there, he already has caught a man attempting to break into the rear of his home. When police arrived, the man had already fled, he said.
He said there have been several other recent crime-related incidents in the neighborhood, including a woman reporting a break-in at her home, items stolen from a truck, as well as a person shown on video stealing a cactus from a home.
“There’s not enough enforcement, to be honest,” Spencer said.