- Associated Press - Sunday, November 12, 2017

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.


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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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