A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed while trying to protect his sister during an armed robbery at a Phoenix park Thursday night, according to Phoenix police.
The shooting suspect is believed to have robbed a 14-year-old at Marivue Park near 5500 W. Osborn Rd. and was in the process of committing another robbery when Andrew Murphy tried to intervene and protect his 14-year-old sister.
But Murphy was shot in the chest about 7:35 p.m., according to Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department.
Police said a 28-year-old man ran after the gunman and was able to lead police to the area where he was hiding. They found the suspect at a house adjacent to the park and arrested an 18-year-old man and booked him into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault, according to Holmes.
Police would not identify the suspect until detectives completed their investigation, Holmes said. He said there was evidence linking him to the shooting, that the suspect had an extensive history of similar crimes and that there might be other victims that could identify the suspect.
"What are you going to gain from robbing a 14-year-old, or even a 16-year-old," Holmes said. "It's ridiculous."
No other information was immediately available.
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