Gunshots fired into a neighbors house during home invasion


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Updated: 10/18/2013 12:28 am Published: 10/18/2013 12:22 am


Thursday, FOX23 went to a home where a couple was robbed and gun shots were fired. The evidence of gunfire were found all the way across the street.

FOX23 spoke with Lester Chappelle,
"this is where the bullet hit my car door, ricochet off of there and hit the garage door."

The victim was shocked to see evidence of a home invasion, across the street on his property.

"My fiancé called me when the police were out here doing their investigation, cause she came home and I guess that's when they realized that the bullet come through the wall ricochet off my car and hit the garage door up
there," Chappelle said.

This home invasion happened early Thursday morning. Two suspects forced their way into a home near South 131st East Avenue and 39th Street.
FOX23 spoke with Leland Ashley, a Tulsa police investigator, who said:
"These individuals kicked in a front door of the residence. They immediately went to the bedroom of the couples house. Identified themselves as police officers, no other than just stating police."

The suspects didn't have badges or uniforms. In fact, they wore masks and shouted "police" before demanding the couple's money.

Leland said, "Maybe they thought they would throw the victims off guard if they yelled police. Maybe the victims would comply more if they thought they were police."

The two thieves made off with an undisclosed amount of money, but not before waking neighbors with a shot.

After kicking in the door, and going to the bedroom, demanding cash, one suspect fired a weapon, shooting the shot that went straight through the wall where the victims lived and into Lester's garage door.

Lester told FOX23 he has lived in his home for about five years and this hit too close to home.

Lester explained his feelings as, "uncomfortable basically, cause my girls bedroom is window is right (there) up front."

Even though this home invasion was close to home, and left him feeling a little uncomfortable, he told FOX23 he's not going anywhere.

"I still feel a little safe, just a little more on edge, a little more cautious on what's going on around here," he said.

Police told FOX23 it's been a few years since they've had a problem with crime in this neighborhood.

Due to the suspects being masked, police have not released a suspect description, however this is an ongoing investigation.

If you have any information on this crime, please call Crime Stoppers or the Homicide Tip Line.

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Unwashed Mass - 10/18/2013 11:02 AM
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TPD routinely makes arrests in plain clothes and unmarked cars, it's a recipe for disaster. If you ever suspect they might not be real cops, it is better to use whatever force is necessary to save your life than to just allow yourself to be killed. Also, the spokesman is dead wrong, police dont like to be asked for ID and will harass or arrest you for "obstruction" if you do. It's a no-win for honest citizens.
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