The homeowner, who was getting ready for bed, said he heard a car driving down his street “Supposed to be a burglar” because “nobody drives around at that time unless it’s a thief,” according to Oklahoma authorities.
It was around 3 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, when a south Tulsa man saw a silver parking lot around the corner and someone exiting it, according to a news release from the Tulsa Police Department.
The homeowner grabbed a flashlight, gun and cell phone and went outside, police said. He did not call 911 or 911.
As he was leaving the home, he reported seeing a man running out of the driveway carrying some items, according to the news release.
“(The homeowner) said he yelled at the man to stop, but the man instead ran to his vehicle 50 yards away,” police said. “(He) said he chased the man and when he got to the car, (he) said he pointed a flashlight and a gun at him and told him to show him his hands.”
A Tulsa man said he stepped in front of a car with a gun pointed at the man and continued to demand that he show the other man’s hands.
“The man got out of the car and said, ‘You’re not going to shoot me,'” police said. “(The homeowner) said he was going to shoot him.”
The man stepped forward and the owner shot him in the stomach from about three feet away, authorities said.
Police were called to the home and found the shooting victim in the grass with a gunshot wound, according to the news release. He was rushed to the hospital.
The man is expected to be OK and will be arrested on theft charges after he is released from the hospital, police said.
But authorities do not believe the man stole anything from the homeowner, the release said. More precisely, he is accused of breaking into a neighboring car.
Police presented the case to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, which determined the homeowner was illegally firing the gun.
The the owner of the house was arrested on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show. He is being held on $25,000 bond.