Police: Man Shot In Ear During Shoplifting Attempt At Tulsa Music Store

According to investigators at the location, a man was caught stealing from the Music Store and as they left some employees followed him.

Tuesday, March 5th 2024, 12:13 pm

By: News On 6


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Tulsa Police are investigating after officers said a man was shot in the ear after stealing from a business.

Police said the store owner had and a gun and at some point it went off. Police say it appears it was an accidental shooting, but it is still under investigation.

Police said the store owner and employees tried to stop the shoplifter from leaving when a gun went off.

Tulsa Police said the shoplifter has a gunshot wound to his ear and is expected to be okay. Police said the man took items, got into his car, and was trying to drive away when officers said an employee’s gun went off as employees were trying to keep the shoplifter from leaving.

Officers said there was another person in the car with him, who they questioned and released.

Tulsa Police said there is surveillance video and several witnesses.

"We have video footage that's going to show this. We got plenty of other witnesses that are employees of the store that saw it, and probably customers from other stores as well that did see what happened. That's how they're gathering information right now,” Officer Danny Bean said.

Police identify the suspect as Benjamin Epperley. Police arrested him on a warrant for domestic assault and a complaint of larceny.

Police say no other arrests have been made.

Shooting Incident at Tulsa Music Store 31st and Mingo

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