Armed Woman Fights Off 2 Home Invasion Burglars

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Armed Woman Fights Off 2 Home Invasion Burglars
Armed Woman Fights Off 2 Home Invasion Burglars

USA –-( KTUL TV 8 in Tulsa reports 08-20-18 in Rogers, County, Oklahoma, Sheriff Scott Walton said a woman was house sitting at a home just west of Inola when two men tried to break in.

As she was calling 911, one of the men got inside the home and tried to take away her gun. She fought back, hitting him in the face, to retain the weapon.

A neighbor heard the commotion and went to help the woman

The house sitter handed the neighbor her gun and he fired a warning shot, but the intruder had already jumped out of a window.

Apparently hearing the shot, that suspect came back toward the neighbor prompting the neighbor to fire two more warning shots before the suspect finally stopped.

Inola police and Rogers County sheriff’s deputies showed up shortly thereafter and tried to take the suspect into custody, having to use force to contain him.

The second suspect, also resisted arrest by head butting a deputy. That suspect was Tased twice before he was taken into custody.

Sheriff Walton said “These guys are very fortunate, they are fortunate to not be dead right now. Especially the intruder that was coming in.” (As quoted)

The Sherriff added “I’m certain the lady would have been well in her rights had she emptied that gun on somebody who was trying to take it away from her when she was trying to defend herself in a residence that she had legal right to.” (As quoted)

The sheriff said he believes the two men were under the influence of something. No one was injured in the incident. Both men face a number of felony charges.


As I often say, no two shootings are ever exactly the same. This is my first case of a victim handing their gun to another person to use it for them.

The house sitter was clearly within bounds to point a firearm at this intruder, and would be correct in shooting him herself if she chose too.

As luck would have it, nobody was hit, and apparently no property damage either. That being said, warning shots are not generally recommended as every round fired hits something. Sometimes that something is really expensive or really preciouse.

My guest, Firearms Attorney Donald Green offered had the helpful neighbor injured or killed a bystander, he could be held liable for a criminal acts or civil damages as a co-conspirator in the incident.

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  • 8 thoughts on “Armed Woman Fights Off 2 Home Invasion Burglars

    1. Stupidity is firing a “warning shot” when you are being physically assuaged. Shooting the bastard at any place in the body would have ended the whole thing immediately and if the “buddy” came in, SHOOT HIM TOO for invading your home.
      NEVER be stupid enough to fire “warning shots”, The FIRST SHOT should be ON TARGET !

    2. Not enough info, perhaps the woman was assaulted while bad guy trying to take the gun.
      Woman and neighbor got to go home alive. Thugs arrested.

    3. If you are not prepared and willing to use the firearm, you should not be carrying it in the first place. Handing it to someone else because you cannot or will not use it yourself is insane.

      1. Given the close quarters combat and direct physical engagement with the first intruder, perhaps the original victim felt the safest course for her would be to ditch the handgun so the perp could not get it away from her. Remember, she was close enough to have punched him in the face, at which point he retreated… then came back for another round. Getting the handgun away from her own hands was likely the wisest thing she could do at that point. Handing it off to a trusted neighbour allowed her to coninue resisting the thug, and enabled the neighbour to effectively use it. I rather think I’d have gotten off a couple aimed rounds, rather than warning shots. He’d had warning enough from the first round fired that there was a gun involved, and that it would be used.

        The blood reports from the jail’s draw would be informative… I’ve read that many folks on certain drugs are immune to pain, and can focus like a laser on their goal. Glad the wait time for the lawmen was short, and that they were aggressive in subduing the pair. My bet is they both have a number of priors, and an IQ that might be somewhere near that number of priors. Guess they’ll be off the streets at least for a week or two. Maybe a lot more, in OK.

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