Thursday, December 25, 2008

Oklahoma: Intruder killed in burglary attempt

Tulsa, Oklahoma

From the Tulsa World of December 24, 2008
Intruder killed in burglary attempt

A Tulsa homeowner shot and killed a teenager who was breaking into his house early Tuesday, police said.

Shortly before 3 a.m., three people broke into a home in the 1300 block of North Irvington Avenue, Tulsa Police Cpl. Mark Shelton said.

Many of the 15 to 20 occupants were awake, including the home- owner, who heard the break-in and got his gun.

Two of the suspected burglars, including one who was armed, were moving through the house when they encountered the homeowner, Shelton said.

Gunfire was exchanged. The homeowner shot one of the intruders twice in the chest, and the homeowner's wife was shot in the abdomen.

The wounded intruder, Cody Ray Payne, 15, left the house but died in the front yard, police said.

The homeowner's wife was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

The other two suspected burglars ran from the house and were not found, Shelton said. They were described as black, in their late teens and wearing hooded sweatshirts and dark baggy pants.

The victims, a Hispanic family, did not want their names released, said Capt. Ryan Perkins.

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