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Officials: Luke AFB airman killed while allegedly burglarizing Phoenix home

Posted at 1:49 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 18:24:01-04

Phoenix police say an airman from Luke Air Force Base has died after being shot while allegedly burglarizing a Phoenix home Sunday morning.

Authorities say officers responded to 7th Street and Camelback Road around 2:40 a.m. for a reported burglary.

Police say the 27-year-old resident was sleeping when he heard someone breaking the rear arcadia glass door screen.

The resident grabbed his gun and went to the back door where he saw the 21-year-old airman trying to kick the door down. Officers say the resident opened fire, striking the airman.

The airman was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the resident is cooperating with investigators and there are currently no criminal charges in the case.

The airman's name is not being released at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation.