For the second time in a span of about five years a Tulsa man had to use a firearm to defend himself from a home invader.
“This is the second time I shot someone,” said Charles Sweeny in a recent interview with Fox23 News. “I’ve escorted at gunpoint at least a half dozen people of the property.”
Police say that would-be burglar Donald Stovall climbed through a bathroom window of the man’s residence early Tuesday morning. It didn’t take long for Sweeny to arm himself with a handgun and confront the stranger.
“He comes into view and blam! Boy, that 9mm is really loud inside the house,” explained Sweeny.
After firing the shot, Sweeny called 911 at approximately 9 a.m. When authorities arrived, Stovall was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He brought this on himself,” said Sweeny. “I have no sympathy.”
While an investigation is ongoing to solidify the burglary motive and to determine if the two knew each other prior to the confrontation, Capt. Karen Tipler with the Tulsa Police Dept. indicated that it appeared to be a case of lawful self-defense.
“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,” Tipler said.
Back in Oct. of 2013, Sweeny shot one of two suspected burglars at the same residence, according to Sgt. Brandon Watkins. The invader, in that case, was seriously wounded but not killed. Both intruders pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the incident.
Asked if there was a connection between the two break-ins, Watkins said, “Each homicide investigation is like a snowflake: they’re all different. … What happened in the past doesn’t necessarily impact what happens this time.”
As for Sweeny, he had a message for anyone else who would attempt to burglarize his home.
“I thought my life was in danger. I shot him. And I’ll do it again,” he said.