Make My Day Law In Oklahoma

Recent developments in Oklahoma show that armed aggressors are being confronted and killed by residents and homeowners who with good reason fear for their lives.  The unthinking burglars, robbers and thieves forget the maxim:  God did not create men equal Colonel Colt did..

A recent burglar met his untimely fate at the hands of a prepared, locked and loaded resident in Midwest City, Oklahoma.  The Daily Oklahoman published a story detailing the sordid series of events:

MIDWEST CITY — A resident alerted to a break-in by his growling dog shot and killed an armed burglar as the intruder kicked in the front door Thursday morning, police said.

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Jan 26A man inside his home said he fatally shot an intruder…

 Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said Thursday’s shooting marks the third time in 15 months someone was killed by a resident while trying to break into a home in Midwest City.

“Maybe next time, these violent offenders will think twice about committing first-degree burglaries in Midwest City,” Clabes said.

The resident at a duplex in the 300 block of N Kendra Drive said he heard his dog growl then heard two hard kicks on his front door about 7:45 a.m.

He grabbed a gun from his bedroom and confronted a man who broke in. The intruder was also armed with a handgun, Clabes said.

The resident opened fire and hit the intruder once in the chest. The intruder, Reginald Keith Joseph Jr., 27, was taken to Midwest Regional Medical Center, where he died, Clabes said.

The name of the resident who shot the intruder has not been released. Clabes said the man is afraid of retribution from those who might have known Joseph.

Shooting appears to have been justified Clabes said it appears the shooting was justifiable.

“Based on the facts that we know, the suspect did actually kick the front door in as he entered the residence,” Clabes said. “The suspect was also armed with a handgun.”

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater will determine whether the shooting was justified after police have finished their investigation.

Dan Stephens said his sister-in-law is engaged to the shooter and lives at the duplex. Stephens said the woman was not home during the shooting. He said they had never seen the man, and the break-in was random.

Stephens said his sister-in-law does not want her name released because she fears retaliation from those who might know the intruder.

“She doesn’t want nobody else, I’m sure, to come, you know, and try to retaliate,” Stephens said. “They’re pretty shook up. He just took somebody’s life.”

Clabes said Joseph had previous arrests, including one in Edmond in 2010 for possession of a firearm after a previous conviction.  Similar cases in Midwest City

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Similar cases in Midwest City In the two most recent “make my day” cases in Midwest City before Thursday, prosecutors ruled the shootings by the residents were justified.

Two 15-year-old stepbrothers were shot in October 2010 by Midwest City resident Amanda Walworth, who found them in her living room. One of the teens, Marquis Lee Patterson, was killed. The other, Dewayne Edward Kemp, survived. Kemp and another man accused of being involved in the burglary are currently on trial, accused of murder, in the case.

In April 2011, a dispute between two men ended when one tried to force his way into the other’s home and was shot to death. Mark Wilkinson, 32, of Norman, was reportedly angry at Raymond Stauffer, 38, because of comments he made about Wilkinson’s wife possibly being involved in drugs.

Wilkinson tried to force his way into Stauffer’s Midwest City home and was shot to death.

“The Oklahoma ‘make my day’ law is doing what it was exactly designed to do — allow our law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves from immediate danger while in the security of their home,” Clabes said.

Read more: http://newsok.com/midwest-city-resident-fatally-shoots-burglar/article/3643628#ixzz1l55CrBta

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