On Saturday night, three men approached Dana Lewis outside of her Muskogee, Okla. home, forced her into her house, and demanded she hand over her valuables. While the three men were in her house, she fled to her neighbor Kyle Ford’s house for help.
Ford, 30, grabbed a semi-automatic handgun and walked out of his home. The three intruders were standing on Lewis’ porch.
After Ford told the men to leave, they refused, prompting Ford to cock his pistol and repeat his order. One of the men then aggressively came toward Ford, asking, “What are you going to do?”
Fearing for his own safety, Ford fired a single shot, which struck the suspect in the chest from a mere foot away. The three suspects fled the scene.
When police arrived, they found one of the suspects nearby in an alleyway, suffering from a gunshot wound. The suspect was transported to a hospital, where he died from his injuries at around 5 a.m. the next morning. His name has not yet been released.
“It’s not something I ever wanted to have to do,” Ford said of how the incident ended.
Ford noted that the men were acting “erratically," and seemed as if they might have been under the influence of drugs.
“I’ve asked God forgive me,” Ford said. “I feel justified. I don’t feel justified that the man died, but I felt justified in protecting myself and my family.”
Lewis, 46, was unable to provide a detailed description of her assailants, describing them only as white males in dark clothing. The other two suspects have not been located.
Although the investigation is ongoing, authorities have said that it appears that Ford acted in self-defense. The District Attorney will decide if the shooting was justified.
The incident occurred around 9:45 p.m.
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