TCSO: Collinsville Homeowner Stands His Ground, Shoots Burglary Suspect
COLLINSVILLE, Oklahoma - A burglary suspect is in the hospital Friday evening after deputies say he got shot shot while trying to break to a Collinsville home while a family was sleeping.
The sheriff's office says situations like this are some of the scariest they have to deal with. They say it's very rare for the burglary to happen when the family is actually home.
A homeowner in Collinsville called 911 at 4 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2017, telling deputies someone was outside his home.
"His wife described seeing a shadow move past their bedroom door on two occasions," said Casey Roebuck, spokesperson for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.
Casey Roebuck says as the deputies were on their way, the homeowner grabbed his gun, turned off his alarm and went outside.
"Goes out into his back yard to investigate and sees a man standing there with what appears to be a long gun," Roebuck said.
The homeowner told deputies he told the man, now identified as Kou Yang, to drop his weapon several times, but Yang wouldn't cooperate.
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"He says that the suspect continues to advance toward him, and he fires his weapon a few times," she said.
At this point, Roebuck says they have no reason to believe the homeowner's actions weren't justified. She says it's important that homeowners in Oklahoma have the right to defend themselves under the Stand Your Ground law.
"That's about as scary as it gets for any family. It's 4 o'clock in the morning. You have a mother and a father, their children inside their home asleep," she said.
Yang told deputies there was another suspect with him, but the homeowner says he didn't see anyone else. Yang is in the hospital being treated for his gunshot wounds.
When he's released, he'll be booked into the Tulsa County Jail on several charges, including first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.
If you have any information regarding this crime, you're asked to call 918-596-COPS.