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Peoria homeowner shoots home invasion suspect, 2 arrested

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Umar Ibrahim; Brittany Fletcher-Prager Umar Ibrahim; Brittany Fletcher-Prager
PEORIA, Ariz. -

There was a bloody end to a home invasion that started in Peoria near the Loop 101 and Olive and wound up near 32nd Avenue and Van Buren.

It happened after midnight. Police say the victims and the suspects had spent time with each other before. What started as a break-in and confrontation ended in confusion and gunfire.

"This is a tragic bro you know this is tragic and it is sad, real sad," said Tony Gutierrez.

Tony Gutierrez is talking about what happened with his next door neighbors at 1 a.m. Thursday.

"All I heard was they came knocking on my door and when I woke up nobody was here so I went for my piece because I have a family too."

Peoria police say the 28 year-old man and 23 year-old woman living next door argued with two home invaders -- a 23-year-old man and 19-year-old Umar Ibrahim -- while 26-year-old Brittany Fletcher-Prager waited in a car outside.

Both Ibrahim and Fletcher-Prager were arrested for aggravated assault, kidnapping, robbery and burglary in the first degree. 

The third suspect, a 23-year-old man, is currently in a hospital with a gunshot wound. He will likely face similar charges.

The two male suspects allegedly entered the home armed with guns and used them to assault the two victims. Police say they demanded items from the home.

At some point, the male victim grabbed a gun from one of the invaders and shot him in the leg.

In an unusual twist the victims did not call the police from their home after the invaders took off. Instead they drove to 83rd Avenue and Grand and flagged down a Peoria Police officer and told him what happened.

They'd left their 5-year-old with their neighbor.

"I had their daughter and I took her in because when kids are involved it is sad bro, cause I have a 4-year-old myself," says Gutierrez.

Meanwhile the suspects drove down to an apartment complex at 32nd Avenue and Van Buren in Phoenix so the guy with the bullet wound in his leg could be brought to the hospital.

Police were able to find the suspects after they called 911 to help the injured man.

The neighbor took care of the little girl until detectives arrived to pick her up.

The bullet wound to the leg suffered by one of the home invaders is not life-threatening.

The third suspect's name hasn't been released.

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