Cache teenager killed after attempted burglary; 911 tape released

A teenager who was burgling a home in northwest Lawton was caught in the act and then shot and killed in a stand off by the homeowner.  Comanche County's District Attorney says the man who shot and killed the 17 year old was justified in doing so.

The DA says the name of the burglar killed is Frederick Stuever - a student at Cache High School.  Investigators say 40 year old Jeff Dorrell caught Stuever in the middle of stealing items from his home and minutes later fatally shot him after Stuever lunged at him.

Before a call was made to 911, District Attorney Robert Schulte says Jeff Dorrell had already pulled up to his parents home to see the front door open and Frederick Stuever walking out of the house with an arm full of merchandise.

7News was able to get a copy of the 911 tape.  On it there are repeated warnings from Dorrell telling Stuever to stay on the ground - while he has a gun pointed at him.  The next thing heard is a series of gunshots.

Dispatch:"Lawton Fort Sill Dispatch may I help you?"
Dorrell:  "Yes ma'am, I have a robbery in progress at 1701 NW 70th, I'm holding him at gunpoint."

"Mr. Dorrell ordered him to the ground, pulled the weapon, pointed it at him, ordered him to the ground, ordered him to lay down, which he did," says Schulte.

Dispatch:"Is he combative, is he just laying still?"
Dorrell:  "He's just laying on the ground right now, he's fine."

Fine - at first - but Dorrell began to show signs that that's changing:

Dorrell:  " No, no lay down bubba."
Dispatch:"What kind of gun do you have, Jeff?"
Dorrell:   "I have a Springfield 45...he's getting weird ma'am."
Dispatch:"Jeff, stay with me, I've got officers coming.  Someone else is talking to them while we're on the phone."

Less than a minute later - the situation reaches a boiling point:

Dorrell:   "Don't get up!  Don't do it!  You don't want to run - you don't want me to shoot you.  No!  You don't want me to shoot you, not at this range.  You don't believe me?" 
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Dispatch: "Did you shoot him?"
Dorrell:"Yes, ma'am - six, seven.  He attacked me, ma'am."

"After he went down - after the initial volley - Mr. Stuever got up, came at him again, slapped at him and the gun," says Schulte.  "That's when he fired one more shot and struck him in the chest."

Although the 911 tape was beneficial for investigators, police can't stress enough the importance of other sources.  They say it painted the big picture of what really happened.  "Just one piece of evidence - the 911 recording - does not tell us everything," says Schulte.  "Eyewitnesses, and physical evidence at the scene, are also valid piece of evidence."

This type of evidence was what supported one of the first "stand your ground" cases in Comanche County.  "The law does not make an exception for age," says Schulte.  "It's tragic you have a loss of life of a 17-year-old under such circumstances, but clearly the law still protects the individual who defended himself as we have here."

The Stuever's family says Frederick was a good young man who will definitely be missed.  We gave them the opportunity to share more about what may have led to this deadly encounter - but they declined.

Oklahoma lawmakers passed the "Stand Your Ground" law last year.  It's an expansion to the "Make My Day" law which gives people the right to protect themselves if someone breaks into their home.