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Midwest City woman tells police she shot and killed intruder

— A moving van was parked Thursday afternoon at the home of a woman who told police she shot and killed one intruder and wounded another that morning.

Friends and relatives carried the family's belongings out of the house in the 9300 block of NE 14 as neighbors looked on and children rode their bicycles up and down the street.

The woman appeared to be acting well within state statutes under the "Make My Day" law, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

Police found a man dead just inside the front door and captured a juvenile with a gunshot wound about a block and a half north of the house and took him to a hospital, Clabes said. The woman told police the intruder she wounded fled the house.

Police did not release the names of any of the people involved.

Residents said the northeast Midwest City neighborhood has deteriorated in recent years.

John Nider said that since 1964 he has lived two doors from the house that was invaded Thursday.

"We've always had our fair share of problems, but it's never been like this," Nider said.

"There's a lot of misspent youth around here. I think we're going to try and figure out a way to get out of here."

Lenora Smith moved into the neighborhood in July with her husband and her husband's uncle.

She said she noticed a broken window a few days ago and several teenagers looking around the outside of their house.

"We think they were checking it out," Smith said.

Smith said she knew in passing the woman who shot the intruders.

"They were very friendly people," Smith said. "She would have yard sales, and you would see them out in their yard."

Smith said she and her husband have decided to buy a firearm to go along with their alarm system.

"It's fairly quiet during the day, but as it gets later, you see more and more teenagers and people who don't look like they're in school out running around," Smith said.

"I think we have a lot of kids who are in gangs."

Nelson, who asked that his last name not be used, lives at the end of the block with his father.

The family has owned the house since 1969.

Nelson said his father helped conduct Neighborhood Watch patrols until about three years ago.

"People said they wanted to be involved up until the point it got time to actually do it," he said.

He said he has noticed an enhanced gang presence in recent years. He has an alarm system and a shotgun.

Nelson said he had no problems with the woman shooting the intruders.

"You have to stand your ground," he said. "She absolutely did the right thing."

What happened?

The woman was asleep in her house with two young children and was awakened by a loud boom about 8 a.m. and thought it was an earthquake, Clabes said.

She called her husband who works at Tinker Air Force Base. He told her no earthquakes had been reported, so she walked to the living room and saw the two intruders.

Clabes said the woman fired several shots with a handgun, then called 911.

"In my opinion, she did all the right things to protect herself and her children," Clabes said.

"It's unfortunate a death occurred, but it was a direct result of criminal activity."

Clabes said the wounded suspect was a juvenile but would not release his age. He said the man who was killed had not been identified Thursday afternoon.

The children are 2 and 3 years old, Clabes said, and their mother was "obviously very shaken up."

Clabes said police planned to interview a person who was at the house where the juvenile was found.

He would not say whether the suspect lived at that house.

The surviving suspect could face a murder complaint because a death occurred as a result of the home invasion, Clabes said.

The woman was interviewed at the police station, and a report on the shooting will be forwarded to the district attorney for review, Clabes said.

CONTRIBUTING: STAFF WRITER MICHAEL KIMBALL

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A Midwest City police officer stands watch in the doorway at the scene of a Thursday home invasion and shooting in Midwest City. The resident shot two people who broke into her house, killing a man and wounding a juvenile male. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD <strong>PAUL HELLSTERN</strong>

A Midwest City police officer stands watch in the doorway at the scene of a Thursday home invasion and shooting in Midwest City. The resident shot two people who broke into her house, killing a man and wounding a juvenile male. By Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD PAUL HELLSTERN

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