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Suspect shot after forcibly entering home in Cordes Lakes demanding money

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION, further updates will be provided when available – 

Last night, March 21, 2019, just before 7:30 PM, suspect Gregory Hardy, 42, from Cordes Lakes, committed several crimes including, Robbery, Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct and Burglary, while at a home in the 20500 block of Conestoga Dr., Cordes Lakes. 

Background - On the above date and time, Gregory Hardy knocked on the door of the home on Conestoga Dr.. After hearing the knocking, the female homeowner walked from the kitchen toward the front door.  As she approached the front door, she saw a man, whom she did not know, now inside her home. The man, later identified as suspect Hardy, demanded money from her. When she told him no, he grabbed her by both arms and as she struggled with Hardy, her husband came to her aid after hearing the commotion. Hardy was told several times to leave by her husband, but Hardy failed to comply and continued his aggressive actions. She was able to retreat and secure a handgun as her husband continued to struggle with Hardy. 

When she returned to the front room, she told Hardy she had a gun and again demanded that he leave. Instead, Hardy advanced towards her. In fear of her life and that of her husband’s, she fired a couple of times striking Hardy at least once in the lower body. Even then, Hardy did not immediately retreat, but eventually left and fled in a vehicle waiting outside. He was later located at a nearby home where he had collapsed. Deputies and fire personnel arrived and rendered first aid before Hardy was transported to a nearby hospital. His injuries are considered non-life threatening. 

At the time of the confrontation, the woman’s grandchildren, ages 3, 5, and 12, along with their parents, were also in the home. At one point during the confrontation, the grandchildren attempted to enter the front room after hearing the commotion but were directed to stay away as the woman and her husband continued their attempts to get Hardy to leave. The woman suffered minor injuries when grabbed by Hardy during the initial attack. 

YCSO detectives continue to investigate the incident today and are attempting to determine why Hardy chose to break into this home and confront the family. No arrests have been made at this time, but charges against Hardy are likely pending his medical status. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.go

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Dwight D'Evelyn

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator

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