An Oklahoma homeowner told KOCO-TV he “did the right thing” when he fired at an intruder who kicked in his door in the middle of the day last week.
The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene in the 3000 block of Westbrook Street in Chickasha, which is about 40 minutes southwest of Oklahoma City.
What did the homeowner have to say?
A reporter with KOCO spoke with the homeowner Wednesday, the day after the break-in. He didn’t want to be on camera or have his name mentioned, the station said.
The homeowner noted to KOCO that the intruder was looking for his ex-girlfriend and trying to get inside the home.
What was going through his mind while the break-in was taking place?
“Distance,” the homeowner told the station. “Don’t stop shooting until they’re down and even then, watch ’em because people play possum.”
The homeowner added to KOCO that the intruder had dropped off a friend there.
“She had him drop her off here, and then she blocked him the next morning, and he decided to come over here because this is the last place that he knew she was,” the homeowner recounted to the station.
The homeowner told KOCO that he used a security camera to watch the man on the porch of his home and asked him to leave.
Instead, the man got something out of his truck and returned to the door, the station said.
“I was right up against the door looking out as I saw his back and his frame, and then I started to back up,” the homeowner told KOCO. “He kicked the door in. It hit me in the face. I pushed it back up against him, backed up and continued to back up.”
He added to the station that he didn’t begin firing “until I saw his feet come in over my doorway.”
KFOR-TV reported observing at least a dozen shell casings scattered across the home’s floor.
A next-door neighbor recounted to KFOR that he heard “pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. I mean, just, you know, as quick as someone could squeeze the trigger. I mean, it happened so fast … I walked outside and could smell gunpowder right away.”
‘I did the right thing’
Chickasha police told KOCO the case is still under investigation, and they aren’t releasing the name of the fatally shot man until his family is notified. The city’s police chief noted to KFOR that the homeowner doesn’t know the intruder.
The homeowner told KOCO he’s continuing to work with authorities: “The truth is truth, and I’ve got nothing to hide … I’ve told them everything I know of, and as far as I’m concerned, I did the right thing.”
Man who shot, killed someone trying to enter his home in Chickasha shares his story