On Sunday evening, two Tulsa, OK women attempted to gather belongings from one of the women’s ex-boyfriend’s house. The woman had been living with the boyfriend up until recently when he kicked her out of his home.
The two women, along with one of the women’s daughter, tried to break into his house. When the homeowner heard them outside his door, he warned them to leave.
When the women refused, the man fired a round through the door, hitting one woman in the hand. The other woman was hit with door fragments from the first shot. At this time, it is unclear whether or not the child sustained any injuries.
Both women were taken to the local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The man was taken to the Tulsa police station for questioning, but was ultimately released.
According to the Tulsa Police Department, no one is being arrested at this time.
In a similar instance in 2014, Thomas Wafer was charged with second-degree murder for killing Renisha McBride, who appeared on his doorstep in the wee hours of the night. Wafer was startled and shot McBride. His claim? McBride startled him and he was acting in self-defense. The reality? McBride was drunk and got into a car accident a mile away. It was believed that she was looking for help.
Based on the Wafer/McBride case alone, the homeowner in this case should see some sort of charges for using deadly force as a first response. Although some will claim he was acting under Stand Your Ground, the law the protects citizens from using deadly force when fearing for their lives, there was no evidence to suggest the homeowner feared for his safety.
He clearly knew who was at the door, and while she was attempting to gain entry, she was not a deadly force threat.