He Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

He thought attacking a woman out in the open would be a good idea. He was wrong. Tulsa police investigating year’s 15th homicide; man fatally shot during altercation with woman in south Tulsa.

Ritter said officers learned based on the store’s surveillance video footage that the woman and a friend were walking from the store to her apartment when the man attacked her.

The footage shows the two struggling on the side of the roadway and the man falling to the ground, which is when police think she shot him, Ritter said.

They ran to her apartment and called police. The guy who got shot died in a local hospital.

Other articles are calling it self-defense, but provided fewer details. One Tulsa news organization is even confused about the difference between attackers who, get shot, people defending themselves, and who in that scenario can realistically be portrayed as a victim.


Turns Out Some Cops Don’t Like Self-defense Either

But then cops don’t lay charges, District Attorneys do that. Tulsa jury acquits man in Valentine’s Day murder trial; defense attorney argued killing was in self-defense.

The jury took about 3½ hours to decide he was not guilty.

[Defense attorney Shannon] McMurray told jurors the homicide investigation was “incomplete” and contended Tulsa Police either minimized or ignored information supporting Bridges’ self-defense claim because detectives quickly made up their mind that he committed murder.

Self-defense is a human-right.

So They Got Behind in Hiring? Or Got Used to Treating People Badly?

More on the nationwide shortage of 911 operators. Tulsa in need of 911 dispatchers.

It’s a nationwide issue now hitting home.

A 911 dispatcher shortage caused in part by a high burnout rate.

911 Communications Director Terry O’Malley said they got behind on hiring and need 31 more dispatchers as soon as possible.

And the poor jobs situation that prevailed since 2007 (at least), didn’t contribute to everyone just piling on the work. Where are you going to go? Except today, people have options. Even now, the pay (quoted in the article) doesn’t sound very high given the state of the economy. Which might change.

Self-defense is Legal in Oklahoma

JusticeBut then I suspected that it was. Clerk in Fatal Oklahoma Pharmacy Shooting Won’t Be Charged.

Authorities say they will not bring charges against a former Walgreens clerk in Oklahoma who shot and killed a customer during a confrontation over photographs.

Tulsa police Sgt. Brandon Watkins told the Tulsa World that the former clerk’s actions were “pretty justifiable” in the shooting of 52-year-old William Adolf Hurley.

And what did the clerk get for legally defending himself? He was fired by Walgreens. Because they would rather have dead employees, than employees who can defend themselves. Or something.

Bad Guy Stopped By a Good Guy With a Gun

Oklahoma is a heavily armed state. Police: Would-be robber killed by Oklahoma pharmacy worker.

They don’t say, but when I hear a pharmacy is being robbed I’m thinking it’s for the painkillers.

Police say the worker who had a state-issued concealed carry license shot the suspect, fatally wounding him. They say a second person inside the store was grazed by a bullet that was fired from the suspect’s gun as he fell to the floor after being shot.

Yet another failure of the victim-selection process.

More on the Shooting in Oklahoma

I often wonder what the Brits think when they see a story like this. ‘He brought it on himself, I have no sympathy’: Homeowner in Oklahoma fatally shoots an intruder five years after he shot ANOTHER would-be burglar who survived.

Mostly the new info is a statement from the homeowner who shot an intruder.

He brought this on himself, I have no sympathy.

There’s quite a bit more. A description of the events leading up to the shooting. And more on the shooting from 5 years ago.

The cops also had a bit to say about self-defense.

Captain [Karen] Tipler said: ‘If they (residents) feel that there is a danger to themselves or someone else who may be in the home from an intruder, then, yes, they are within their legal rights to defend themselves within their home’.

For my original post on this incident, see this link.

An Epic Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice? Police: Tulsa Homeowner Fatally Shoots Intruder.

Guy hears someone breaking into his home at 9 AM through a bathroom window. Confronts and ends up shooting the miscreant. Oklahoma has a pretty straight forward version of the Castle Doctrine.

The epic failure part of the equation? You could file this under, “Those who are ignorant of history…”

Police say there was a similar shooting at the same location in October 2013.

In the 2013 incident, detectives say the same homeowner [SNIP] shot an intruder who survived.

Oh, and neighbors are shocked scared to discover that they live in the Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does, happen.

Self-defense is a human-right. Though the investigation is continuing.