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4:45 PM Sat, Dec. 15th

Man shot after entering the wrong apartment

A man who apparently got into an argument with someone at his own home and had too much to drink decided Monday morning to go to a friend's house to stay, Prescott Valley Police spokesman Brandon Bonney said Tuesday.

Unfortunately, Sean Crowley, 22, went to the wrong apartment and, finding the door open, entered and found himself face to face with the occupant, who was armed with an air pistol.

Bonney said the occupant of the apartment called 911 at 4 a.m. Monday morning and told police he had shot an intruder at his apartment. The man told police he had yelled at Crowley to stop and get on his knees, but said Crowley "continued to advance in an aggressive manner." The man then shot Crowley in the groin area with an air soft pistol, Bonney said.

Crowley told police he had drunk "several shots of rum" and gone to what he thought was his friend's house. He found the door open and went in, where the occupant confronted him.

Bonney said officers arrested Crowley at the apartment and booked him into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on trespassing charges. He said Crowley did not appear to have suffered serious injury.

Bonney said police have responded to several other calls about people who have become drunk and either entered or tried to enter the wrong homes or apartments. "We would obviously encourage people to secure their doors at night to add another layer of protection," he said.