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Andrew Murphy, 16, Killed While Protecting Sister From Armed Robber

Few people have the guts to stand up to a man with a gun. Unfortunately for Andrew Murphy, that kind of bravery cost him his life.

The 16-year-old was shot when he tried to stop an armed robbery in a Phoenix park Thursday, AZfamily.com reports. Police were able to catch up with the alleged gunman and arrest him. He's being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery, and one count of aggravated assault.

Witnesses say the suspect may have committed an earlier armed robbery in the park before setting his sights on Murphy's group. When the suspect tried to rob Murphy and three others, Murphy reportedly stepped in and was fatally shot.

"The 16-year-old was shot protecting his little sister," Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes told AZfamily.com. The three other victims of the robbery were not hurt.

After the shooting, the gunman ran off. However, several witnesses were able to give police a good description. Police set up a perimeter and arrested the suspect just a block away.

Since the investigation is ongoing, police haven't yet released the suspect's identity. However, they did say that he's an 18-year-old man with a criminal history.

Under Arizona's criminal code, there are two types of first-degree murder. The first is a deliberate, premeditated murder, meaning the perpetrator intended to kill his victim.

The second type is known as felony murder. If a person is killed while the perpetrator commits a dangerous felony, the perpetrator can be charged with first-degree felony murder, even if he didn't directly kill the person. Dangerous felonies include burglary, robbery, sexual assault, and drug crimes.

If convicted of first-degree murder, the alleged gunman could face the death penalty or life in prison.

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