|Updated: 3/20 5:22 pm
||Published: 3/20 3:41 pm
A man breaks into a northwest Tulsa home overnight, but quickly leaves when the homeowner fires a shot at him.
This happened early Wednesday morning in the area of Pine and Gilcrease.
It all started after the homeowner heard his alarm go off. Police says the suspect was able to get inside the house through the back door and was wearing a ski mask at the time.
FOX23 went to speak with the homeowner about what happened, but he did not want to go on camera because he has four children and is worried for their safety. Out of respect for him and his family, FOX23 is not going to identify him, but police say he did the right thing to protect his loved ones.
"The point was to protect his family which he did, and ultimately caused that suspect to run,” says Officer Jillian Roberson.
Police say when the home’s alarm went off, the man ran to check on his children and that’s when he realized the intruder was standing in the kitchen. The homeowner ran to get his gun and fired at the suspect, but missed. Police later found that bullet stuck in the back door of the house. Other Tulsan’s we spoke to say they would have done the exact same thing.
“It's my duty as a father and a husband and a homeowner to protect my family,” says one man.
“I would call 911 first thing, and then I would probably hide or wait someplace where we could be safe,” says one woman.
“I don't have guns in my house but I have a baseball bat or something else and I would definitely try and defend my family,” says another man.
This particular case is classified as a first degree burglary because the suspect did not appear to have a weapon with him. But Tulsa Police say armed robberies at homes are up this year. From Jan to March of 2012 there were 42 armed robberies inside homes reported. So far this year, there have been 56.
Officers want to remind everyone to always make sure your windows and doors are locked and keep your garage closed at night. If the intruder inside your home is armed, always cooperate with them.
Under Oklahoma law, you always have the right to defend yourself and your family if you ever feel your home is being threatened.