Owasso homeowner fatally shoots intruder, police say
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
12/11/12 at 5:32 AM
OWASSO - A homeowner shot and killed an acquaintance who tried to enter his residence after an altercation Sunday, police said.
Edward Templeton, 38, died from a gunshot to the chest, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner's Office in Tulsa.
Police responded about 4:40 p.m. to a call of shots being fired at a residence near 115th East Avenue and 110th Street North, authorities said.
Evidence revealed that the intruder and homeowner were acquaintances who had quarreled before the shooting, police said.
When Templeton tried to enter the home, the 31-year-old homeowner shot him twice, Deputy Police Chief Scott Chambless said.
The cause of the dispute is under investigation, he said.
"It has been reported that there was some alcohol involved," he said. "There is no indication that the homeowner was intoxicated."
A toxicology screen performed by the medical examiner will determine whether any legal or illegal substances were in Templeton's blood system.
No arrest has been made, and police would not identify the shooter.
The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office will review the case to determine whether a criminal charge will be filed.
"There's been no arrest and no charging decision made by the District Attorney's Office," Chambless said. "Normally, we try to avoid that (identifying a shooter) at all cost unless we know there are going to be charges or we're seeking a person of interest.
"If he is for some reason charged, certainly that name is going to be released," he said.
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