A 41-year-old man told police he shot and killed another man who showed up at his Phoenix apartment to confront him about a romantic relationship.
Matthew Brown was arrested Saturday on suspicion of killing an unidentified man at an apartment complex near 23rd Avenue and Butler Drive, Maricopa County court records released Monday show.
He was being held in a Maricopa County jail with bond set at $15,000.
Brown told police the victim had previously threatened him and his girlfriend’s safety because “he was jealous of their relationship,” police wrote in the probable cause statement included in court documents.
On Saturday, the victim went to the apartment at about 9:30 p.m., the statement said. He hit the windows with his fists and threatened Brown again.
Brown, who was armed with a handgun, began to argue with the victim through the door. He yelled for other people inside to call 911.
Brown then opened the door as the man approached, the statement said. Brown told the man he wouldn’t be allowed into the apartment, but he continued to walk toward the door.
Brown told police the man didn’t stop even after Brown warned him he would shoot, records say. Brown then shot the man three times. The victim was declared dead at the scene.
The man never entered the apartment, court documents said, and Brown admitted he shot the man.
Brown was booked on suspicion of one count of second-degree murder.