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For 2nd Time in 5 Years, Man Shoots Intruder. This Time, Fatally

Tulsa police say people have a right to defend themselves in their homes
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2018 4:47 PM CST
File photo of another home.   (Andy Tullis/The Bulletin via AP)

(Newser) – Over a 5-year period, Charles Sweeney has shot two would-be burglars who were breaking in to his Oklahoma property. The most recent shooting was fatal. On Tuesday morning, police say Donald Stovall crawled through a bathroom window into Sweeney's home; during an ensuing confrontation, Sweeney shot and killed Stovall, Fox News reports. "He brought this on himself, I have no sympathy," Sweeney (variously spelled as Sweeny) told Fox 23 after the incident. "He got inside the interior of my house and I didn't know if he had a weapon and I thought my life was in danger. I shot him, and I'll do it again," he added to News on 6. Sweeney found himself in a similar situation back in October 2013, though with less deadly consequences.

In that incident, Sweeney returned from a walk to find two intruders inside his home; he shot one of them multiple times, injuring him seriously. Both burglars pleaded guilty to charges in that case, and the man Sweeney shot is currently in prison. "It looks like an elderly ... person lives here that can't defend himself," Sweeney told KJRH at the time. "Well, wrong." In the latest shooting, police questioned Sweeney and released him but the investigation continues, News 9 reports. The Tulsa Police Department says people have the right to defend themselves in their homes. (Another man said he feared for his life in this controversial shooting.)

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