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Muskogee business owner shoots suspected burglar

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Updated: 4/12/2013 10:27 am
A Muskogee business owner told police he shot a man breaking into his business.

Muskogee police are investigating a case where the owner of Fast Wrecker shot a suspected burglar he says he caught breaking into his business early Thursday morning.

Oklahoma’s Stand Your Ground law expanded to businesses in 2011, that allows a business owner to shoot an intruder if they feel they fear death or great bodily harm. The intruder doesn’t have to be armed.

In the three-and-a-half minute 911 call, business owner, Dale Ford, didn’t know at first if he shot the suspected burglar.

Ford: "I fired a couple shots at him but he is here in my shop. Did I hit ya? He says I hit him in his arm. It's just a 22.”

Ford did not want to go on camera but he told FOX23 News he is not a gun person, but was tired of people stealing his car parts and told the same thing to the 911 operator.

Ford: "I got broken into a week ago and some stuff got stolen so I 've been sleeping down here.”

Ford says when he heard the door kick in he grabbed his gun and told the operator he would keep him there.

Ford: "I've got him gunned down right now, I've got a gun on him. He's here in my shop.”

Police say thieves need to watch out. Last summer a homeowner shot a burglar in Muskogee too.

“People are tired of getting their stuff stolen and they work hard,” said Muskogee Police Lt. Bobby Lee. “These suspects put themselves in this situation when they break into a house, business or car."

However, police do not want anyone to put themselves in danger.

"We don't want to see anyone get hurt or killed,” said Lee.

FOX23 News is not releasing the name of the suspect. He has not been arrested and is still in the hospital.

FOX23 News found there are 15 other states, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Utah with similar Stand Your Ground Laws. Other states have laws on the books but not enacted or enforced like Oklahoma.
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