A property owner shot a 26-year-old man after the owner found the man sleeping on his Phoenix property and the man refused to clean up his feces, police said Saturday.
Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the bizarre shooting occurred early Saturday morning after the 61-year-old owner discovered a sleeping man at his property in Phoenix's Warehouse District.
According to police, the owner told the younger man to leave. He then noticed feces close to where the man was sleeping and demanded that the man remove it. A police report says the man ignored the owner's demands and walked away.
Investigators say that's when the owner chased the man down, and the pair got into a fight near some railroad tracks. The property owner said the younger man swung a chain with a padlock at him during the fight.
"The older man fell to the ground at one point and was in fear for his safety," Thompson said.
Police said the owner then shot the younger man in the chest.
The wounded man was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office currently is reviewing the case to see if the owner will face any charges.
The names of the two men were not released.