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El Mirage Man Accused of 2nd-Degree Murder in Shooting

El Mirage Man Accused of 2nd-Degree Murder in Shooting

Think before shooting!  It is not self-defense if you shoot when there is no active threat.  In this case, it seems the victim was submissive, with hands up.

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a shooting outside an El Mirage home.

Bond was set at $100,000 for 55-year-old Michael Lynn Phillips at his initial court appearance Monday.

He doesn’t have an attorney yet.

El Mirage police say the shooting occurred around 10 a.m. Sunday.

They say Phillips told officers that he fired in self-defense after a neighbor argued with him and put him in a choke hold.

But a witness says Phillips fired his gun even though the victim was backing away and had his hands in the air.

The victim was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead. His name hasn’t been released yet.

El Mirage is located about 25 miles west of Phoenix.

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