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El Mirage home invasion connected to human smuggling, police say

Police said a home invasion suspect was shot and killed Saturday in El Mirage.

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — A man has died after being shot during a home invasion in El Mirage Saturday night at a residence allegedly connected to human smuggling, according to the El Mirage Police Department.

Police said the shooting happened Saturday evening at about 5:30 p.m. Officers responded to the area of Thunderbird and El Mirage roads, where they found a man suffering gunshot wounds. 

Police said first responders attempted to help the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the El Mirage Fire Department. 

Further investigation revealed that four armed suspects had forced their way into a home in the area. They were confronted by the occupants of the home. One of the occupants shot at the intruders, hitting one of them, according to police.

The three other invaders fled and have not yet been located.

Three of the home's occupants, including the person who shot the gun, have been arrested. 

Four others were found to be inside the home. These four individuals had been smuggled into Arizona and were allegedly being held at the El Mirage home against their will. 

Police said Braulio Hernandez Mariscal, 44, and Carmen Rivas Fernandez, 60, were allegedly part of a human smuggling operation. They're both facing multiple criminal charges.

El Mirage police are still trying to determine the relationship between the original four individuals who arrived at the residence and the home's occupants. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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