Underwear-clad man with gun chasing burglars down his street shot by suspicious neighbor
An Oklahoma man is expected to recover after being shot by a neighbor who became suspicious when he saw him running down the street in his underwear.
Joshua Snow was at his Owasso home early Monday morning when heard someone breaking into his car, according to KOKI. Not even stopping to put on pants, Snow immediately grabbed his gun and began chasing the burglars.
Major Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office told KOKI that investigators aren’t exactly sure what happened next, but something caused Snow to bang on neighbor Jimmy Null’s door at some point during the pursuit.
When Null saw a man with a gun in his underwear standing at the door, he grabbed his 12-guage shotgun instead of asking questions.
“That’s kind of where things get a little gray,” Clark said. “We don’t actually know what took place there.”
“I guess just in the hype of everything taking place, when the guy reached for his own gun, the homeowner at that time fired a shot trying to protect himself and his family.”
Clark warned that chasing burglars was risky, and that homeowners should at least call 911 before taking the law into their own hands.
“Once there is no continuing threat to a person and/or a life or the community, then you can’t use deadly force as an option,” he pointed out.
But neighbor Kayla Brown insisted to KOKI that she would have done the same thing.
“I would grab a gun and, you know, threaten him because he is on my property that I will shoot him if he doesn’t stop,” Brown said.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office did not expect to charge Null for the shooting, and Snow was expected to make a full recovery.
The burglars also managed to escape in the chaos.
Watch this video from KOKI, broadcast Aug. 27, 2013.
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