Lawton_A deadly shooting outside a house on Lawton's northwest side Tuesday after a burglar is caught red-handed. Lawton police say a family interrupted a burglar in their home. Within moments, shots were fired and the burglar was dead. And the entire thing was caught on tape.
The homeowner's son was actually the one who shot the burglar, and called police when he had the burglar surrendering on the front lawn... Problem was, the burglar was trying to fight back.
Kenneth Dorrell told his son Jeff to go back to the house and check that the new computer was off, that's when Jeff noticed things weren't right at home. ''When Jeff arrived at home he noticed there was a pickup here that he had never seen before, and as he got closer to the house he noticed that the door was open which was unusual and drew his suspicion," said the family's lawyer, John Zelbst.
Jeff went and got a pistol out of his car and went back up to te house. That's when Zelbst says he saw the burglar coming out the front door carrying a computer and a rifle. ''At that point he told the young man to lay down, which he laid down for a period of time," Zelbst said. "At some point in time he got up and went after him, he shot several times, got the young man stopped again, told him to stay where he was at.''
The entire encounter, Jeff was on the phone with 9-1-1 waiting for police to come -- so the entire confrontation was recorded by police. He was telling the burglar to stay down on the ground -- but Zelbst says he lunged again toward Jeff. ''At that time he came after him again, tried to slap his hand that had the gun, and he discharged and hit him pretty square in the chest and he went down," Zelbst said.
And neighbours say they think this is a simple case if self defense. ''Absolutely it's self defense," Zelbst said. "It's what the police might call a righteous shooting in the sense that it was in defense of your property and also your person.''
Neighbors say they are upset someone had to die over a burglary -- but everyone we spoke to said Jeff was right to defend himself and his home. ''As a homeowner myself, put in the same position, I would probably do the same thing," said neighbor Phil Smith. "I mean I work hard for my stuff and I earn my stuff and no one has the right to take it."
Lawton police have interviewed witnesses and the family and they are preparing a case to present to the district attorney. They are hoping to get that to him Wednesday -- and we should know whether the D.A. will charge Jeff with anything.
Deputy Chief James Apple says they towed away a pickup truck that was involved with this crime. That truck had a high school parking permit on it but Apple would not confirm if the burglar was a teen. Police say they burglar was a seventeen year old Cache High School Student - they are unable to release the teen's name since he was a minor. So far, no charges have been filed against the shooter.