A Good Samaritan has his own gun used against him.
Mark Miller, 53, tried to stop a burglar tried at a neighbor’s house but it wouldn’t have turned out worse.
The accused burglar is 41-year-old Joe Edward Nevels.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford explains what police believe happened and the importance of training with the gun.
Tulsa police say Miller called his neighbor about the alarm. Armed with a gun he walked over to her home and confronted the thief.
Moments later neighbors say they heard gunshots but it was Miller who died.
Yellow crime scene tape stretches across the Midtown townhomes, police question witnesses and a teenager who saw the murder. It was also another neighbor who last saw Miller alive.
"He walked to edge and he saw something and pointed down and he ran off," says Miller’s neighbor Karen Heck. “Once I was heading to my house I heard the gunshot."
Police do not how the burglar got the gun away from Miller but believe the two got in a scuffle in the townhome garage parking lot and the gun was used against Miller.
"I wish he would have waited for police but he was trying to help and tried to help stop the person," says Miller’s neighbor Linda Larson.
However, Mike Seeklander, a self-defense expert with the US Shooting Academy says even if you’re armed with a gun a criminal can get dangerously close.
"They are trying to use that gun to intimidate and what we see a lot of times in close rang the gun gets taken away," says Mike Seeklander the Academy’s Training Director.
He stresses the importance of knowing how to defend yourself without using gun.
He references an exercise he uses when teaching students how to defend themselves in a non-lethal manner.
"Right now I am dealing with a fight with my hands, my personal striking weapons and knees,” says Seeklander.
Keeping the attacker away from you and your weapon training with a gun is essential.
"If you do something [train] under stress your brain for whatever reason grabs a hold of that particular technique or that pathway,” says Seeklander.
Because guns may give a person a false sense of confidence.
"I think people get guns because it satisfies what they believe to be their perceived need for self defense and it stops there," says Seeklander.
Meantime, along the Midtown street are mourning the loss of a man who was willing to stop at nothing to protect his neighbor.
“He was trying to help because a lot of us we look out for each other," says Larson.
Police recommend that you leave the crimefighting to officers.
Also, if you have a gun for protection you should always practice using the gun.
A spokesperson for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations says she cannot release whether or not Miller had a concealed carry license.
Nevels was still in the hospital being treated for lacerations. Police say once released will be taken into custody at the Tulsa County Jail.