Tulsa Homeowner Shoots And Kills Intruder

Sunday, February 4th 2007, 9:49 pm
By: News On 6

An apparent burglary attempt ends in a fatal shooting in east Tulsa, police said. Officers were called to the 1100 block of South 146th East Avenue around 3 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived they found a 39-year-old white man dead in the front yard.

The homeowners told police the man had started banging, then kicking on their door. The husband said he went to get his gun and when the door started to give way, he pulled the trigger. The couple told police they did not know the suspect.

Neighbors heard the whole thing.

"I heard three gun shots and went and got my dogs and put them in the house, both my dogs were facing the house so I knew something was up," said neighbor Kris Orman.

Detectives say the evidence matches what the homeowners told them. They're investigating the shooting as a justifiable homicide and didn't arrest anyone.

"You've got an unknown subject attempting to kick the door in and a husband and wife that are fearful for their safety," said Tulsa Police Captain Eric Dalgleish.

It’s now in prosecutors' hands to decide if the shooting falls under Oklahoma’s “Make My Day” law.