"I shot back, but they shot me": 911 tapes detail shootout in Three Points home invasion
Reporter: Marcelino Benito
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -When home invaders broke into a Three Points home back on December 26th. They didn't expect the homeowner to fire back. She did and a gun battle ensued. All new 911 calls depict what it was like inside.
911 operator: 911, where is your emergency?
Victim: Someone broke into my house, I've been shot.
They're the cries of a woman who decided not to become a victim.
911 operator: Did you see any weapons on them ma'am?
Victim: Yes, I shot back, but they shot me.
The 61-year-old woman tells 911 operators she was hit when bullets started flying. 9OYS counted 15 bullet holes in the wall the following morning. A neighbor who called 911 described the scene.
911 operator: How many shots did you hear?
Victim: Too many to count. And there's bullet holes all over this house.
"It's a traumatizing event not just physically, but mentally, just extremely stressful," Deputy Tom Peine said.
Peine says that stress and sheer panic comes across in the audio tape.
Victim: Please hurry.
Victim: Somebody shot me, hurry please.
Victim: Please, I can't breathe anymore.
Her repeated pleas for help eventually turned into gasps for air. The woman had been shot in the chest. The sound of wheezing and a struggle to breathe all the audio catches. Less than half an hour later, deputies arrive. The woman survives, but the shooters get away, and are still on the loose.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked how big of a priority catching those responsible is. Peine replied, "A very high priority. And we're glad we can put this information forward one more time and bring this case back to the public conscience."
The Pima County Sheriff's Department hopes putting the story back out there will help jog people's memories. Deputies say a small, gold colored car was last seen leaving the area. If you've seen it or have any other information about what happened that night. Please call 911 or 88-crime.
The victim in this case is still in the hospital almost one month after the shootout. Deputies say her recovery is going well, but her injuries the night of the incident were pretty serious.