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Three teens arrested in Phoenix homicide case

The initial shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday near 29th Avenue and Moreland Street as the teens tried to burglarize a home in the area, police said.

PHOENIX — Three arrests have been made in a homicide investigation that started with a shooting in Phoenix, police said. All three suspects are teenagers.

Officers with the Phoenix Police Department were called out around 1:30 a.m. for reports of gunfire near 29th Avenue and Moreland Street.

When they arrived, they found 26-year-old Manuel Hinojos and a teenage boy, both with gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a local hospital.

Homicide detectives learned that the injured teen and two others were breaking into Hinojos' home. Hinojos confronted the three teens with a firearm. Two of them ran on foot while the third exchange gunfire with Hinojos, authorities said.

Hinojos and the teen were both injured in the exchange, and Hinojos later died at the hospital.

The teen has since recovered, and was booked upon his release. Police said that the other two have also been arrested, and were referred to the Juvenile Corrections Center.

As minors, the identities of the teens have been withheld.

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