No surpries here. In a clear-cut case, the DA has declined to charged a man for shooting and killing a teen attempting to break into his home. This falls under our “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” category.
At 3:41 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, emergency dispatchers received a call that someone who tried to break into a Midwest City home had been shot.
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The 62-year-old caller said he was at home when he heard noises outside and armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun as someone continued to try to enter the home. The man told investigators he opened his front door and fired at the teen when the he rushed at him with an object ― later identified as a framing hammer― in a threatening manner.
The teen, dressed in dark clothing, ran a short distance before collapsing in the driveway, where he died, investigators say. He was found with a backpack containing a sledgehammer and items from the Community Church at LeJean and Westminster.
Investigators say the sledgehammer was taken from a truck bed across the street and the teen burglarized the church before trying to break into the home.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater declined to file charges against the homeowner.
“Any person who makes a conscious decision to commit this type of crime should take note that homeowners have the legal right to protect themselves,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said. “That’s what happened in this event and the law saved an innocent victim.”
Midwest City police released a 911 call made by a homeowner who had just shot an intruder.