Police: No arrest after homeowner shoots man

Oklahoma City police said a homeowner shot and killed a man who was trying to break-in to his car. (KOKH/Will Maetzold)

Police said a homeowner on the west side of Oklahoma City noticed a man breaking in to his car after 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

They said 23-year-old Carson Welch died in a shooting when confronted by the homeowner.

"It just said the reporting party said someone was breaking in to the cars," Oklahoma City police officer Megan Morgan said. "I don't know exactly how the homeowner found out someone was breaking in."

No one has been arrested in the shooting. Police said they are continuing to investigate but Welch also was armed when approached by the homeowner.

Neighbor Doug Torluemke said he understands when the homeowner may have needed to take this action.

"I think he's well within his right if somebody is breaking into his house or trying to steal his property," Torluemke said. "He's within his right to try to stop him."

He said break-ins have been happening more in the neighborhood. They said it's important to do what they can to stop it.

"There is a neighborhood watch group in here," Torluemke said. "Everybody hasn't joined it or heard about yet but hopefully it's getting better because people will report on it."

He said he doesn't want to see crime continuing in the neighborhood. He said possibly more police patrols could help, but so can keeping each other informed.

"It's a good neighborhood and people watch out for each other," Torluemke said. "Things like this occasionally happen but they happen in almost every neighborhood."

Police said they would still like to talk to anyone else who may have witnessed the shooting.

Self-defense is being considered but there hasn't been a final determination on if charges will be filed.

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