Man kicks through door, shoots homeowner in east Tulsa

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 11/05/2013 6:30 pm Published: 11/05/2013 3:27 pm

Shots fired at an east Tulsa home sent one man to the hospital.

The front door of his home was kicked through in broad daylight.

Police said the suspected burglar kicked in the door to the home and fired shots at the homeowner inside, hitting him twice.

Police said when the man left; he fled on foot and got into what police have described as an orange-ish four-door pickup truck.

"All we know is the vehicle circled around and then went back eastbound probably to pick up the shooter," said Sgt. Robert Rohloff with the Tulsa Police Department.

The call came in to police just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

"The subject was armed with what we believe to be a small-caliber revolver," said Rohloff.

Rohloff said the homeowner heard a knock on the door. As he was going to open it, the door was kicked through.

"The suspect fired two shots at the homeowner, one of the rounds hit his finger one of the rounds was lodged in his arm," said Rohloff.

He had to be transported to the hospital. Police investigating say the injuries are not life-threatening.

"We have one round that probably impacted his finger and continued down the hallway and went through a door and we're attempting to recover that," he said.

A man who lives right around the corner told FOX23 less than a week ago his house was targeted, just like today, the thieves kicked through the front door in broad daylight.

“When we were at work somebody kicked in our front door stole all of the electronics out of our living room and then went through all of our drawers in the master bedroom and all our jewelry boxes,” said John Proffit.

His home was hit last Thursday. He told FOX23 he’s felt uneasy since then.

“Unsettling, nervous, had to put cameras around the house just to feel safe,” he said.

He showed FOX23 one of four cameras he installed. It’s inside the home so burglars won’t be able to knock it down before they go in. And he leaves another vehicle parked out front so it always seems like someone’s home.

“In this society everyone’s got to work, the husband and the wife so more homes are being left unattended so more opportunity for the criminal,” he said.

Rohloff said he responds to about a dozen burglaries a week and he’s starting to notice similarities.

Proffit is glad no one was home when his house was broken in, but accepts his valuables may never be returned.

“We can buy another TV we can’t get back her grandma’s wedding ring or her brother’s ring that she lost so it’s those items that really get you,” he said.

Rohloff told FOX23 his squad averages about a dozen burglaries a week lately, and the situation is becoming more dangerous.

"It appears more of our burglars are armed. When they encounter a homeowner like that it can be extremely dangerous," he said.

He said for the most part, these daylight burglaries occur because the thieves don't think anyone is at home. There were no cars in the driveway of the home today. But the homeowner still found himself in harm's way.

"We have no indication that he did anything other than walk through his living room," he said.

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Daelyanna - 11/24/2013 10:41 AM
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Tulsa is seeming more violent. Alarm systems, insurance, and dogs seem to be some deterrent but in retrospect who has their system on like that when they are home? Yesterday evening some strange man came up the side of the back of my house and while my dog kept him at bay, he knocked on the window to get my attention. I came out the back door and he asked for money but I know he was probably casing my home. I had two vehicles in my driveway. My question is why did he think to approach my back door and not knock on my front door? So at this point I am pretty aware I have an unsavory character watching my home. Concealed carry is a good idea but I do believe Tulsa has become more violent and wouldbe burglars don't care who gets hurt in the process. I have 5 children in my home. So while my husband and I are on high alert it makes me wonder if during the time that I am gone, if perhaps a surveilence camera, my dogs (which are large dogs), an alarm system, and insurance are the only things that protect me. It definitely makes you wonder what the world is coming to now. And yes I have preventative measures with deadbolts, kickstops on the door, the doors locked even while we are home, windows nailed shut (sadly breaking a window to get out in case of fire is pretty much the only option we would have other than going out the door), and thankfully watchful neighbors; however I still find myself paranoid of the possibility of not being safe in my home.

WyoMoe - 11/7/2013 7:40 AM
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If you really want to scare thieves away, shoot a couple of them! Is it just me or is Tulsa getting more violent? I'd really like to hear what you all have to say.

Unwashed Mass - 11/5/2013 11:12 PM
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That big "security light" over their garage isnt doing much good when they are being burglarized in broad daylight. Most break-ins are between 10am and 3pm anyway. Save some electricity (and do your neighbors a favor) and replace it with something more sedate.
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