TPD: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder in midtown Tulsa

by Megan Bell & Ethan Hutchins

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A south Tulsa man had to make a quick decision after a man broke into his home this morning.

Charles Sweeney says he was simply defending his home. He’s had to do so before, and he won't hesitate to do it again.

“There was a big commotion in the bathroom, and I was like, 'someone is breaking in,'" said Sweeney.

It was a frightening sound for anyone to wake up to, but not when you're Charles Sweeney.

“I only had to wait three or four seconds for him to come into view, and I shot him," said Sweeney, with his 9 millimeter pistol he keeps by his bed.

Shooting the intruder, identified as Donald Stovall, a second time when he turned to run.

“He just said, 'I'm sorry; I'm sorry; I'm sorry,' and retreated to the bathroom and collapsed," said Sweeney.

Tulsa police showed up soon after to the home off South Columbia Avenue.

Detectives say Stovall died inside the home.

“The guy was breaking into his house; he obviously wasn’t invited. You never know what someone is doing if they’re breaking into your home," said Sergeant Brandon Watkins.

Which is why Watkins says Sweeney was within his right to defend himself.

“If someone breaks into your home, you can assume they're up to no good," said Watkins.

“I didn’t know if he had a gun. I didn’t know if he had some other sort of weapon. I didn’t know what his true intentions were; I'm not a psychic," said Sweeney, just like an incident five years ago.

When he says he shot an intruder six times after breaking in.

“He spent 11 days in St. John, and two years in prison," said Sweeney.

As for today, police questioned Sweeney downtown before releasing him.

“They told me I was going home after the interview, and I did," said Sweeney.

Living at the home for more than 60 years, he's had to defend it twice.


“He was here for evil intentions, and I put a stop to that," said Sweeney.

Neighbors tell us the home has been rundown for years; some even believed it was vacant.


Sweeney simply says he’s been sick lately and hasn’t been able to keep it up.