BARTLESVILLE, OK — When the owner of a vacant home decided he was fed up with multiple intrusions into his property, he took action.
Granted, he took minimal, precautionary action at the time he was surprised by a dude hanging out in his attic — he still found himself at the right place at the right time to defend one of his homes from pillagers.
As Tulsa World reports:
The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital then to a Tulsa hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police shortly before 8 p.m. were called to the 200 block of NW Rogers Street, where officers contacted the owner of a vacant home, police said in a news release. The homeowner said he was checking on the home after it had been broken into several times recently.
“The homeowner stated he discovered a male subject hiding inside the attic and confronted him about what he was doing inside the home,” police said. “At some point the homeowner fired a shot striking the suspect once.”
Detectives were at the scene processing evidence and conducting interviews, police said Sunday night.
The man in the attic is extremely fortunate to have been addressed at all, rather than engaged directly. This is not a situation in which a bad guy should reasonably expect to leave with his life, and yet he has lived to tell the tale — albeit behind bars.
Sometimes we can’t be there when crime happens — a homeowner with multiple properties can’t be everywhere at once.
Where you are, however, it pays to be responsibly-armed. I doubt this homeowner will have as much issue with home invasion in the future, and we couldn’t be happier for him.
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