Ada home invasion suspect shot by homeowner

Published: Feb. 7, 2018 at 6:07 PM CST
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UPDATE 2/8/18 @ 6:23 p.m.

Sheriff John Christian says they found Dustin Hoots just down the road from Dennis Reif's Francis home.

The home he and Christopher Born broke a window to break into early Monday morning, and opened fire.

But Reif fired back, striking Born in the chest twice.

Hoots managed to get away on foot, but not for long.

"They were able to sneak up on this residence about 3:30 this morning, and made entry into this residence and found Mr. Hoots hiding under a table in that residence," Christian said.

Christian says they didn't have to look too hard.

They found him at the other burglar's home.

"Yesterday afternoon we served a search warrant on a location out at Byng that Mr. Hoots had been staying in, belongs to Christopher Born the subject that got shot," Christian said.

Christian says deputies found more stolen items at Born's shop connected to at least 10 burglaries.

"We've recovered weed eaters, ladders stolen from different locations, we've recovered a trailer and a tractor," Christian said.

Born is in the hospital in critical condition, but still faces slew of new charges.

"This comes to no surprise to me that Christopher Born is in the situation he's in today," Christian said.

Court records state Born has several felony charges against him including domestic abuse.

His son, Christopher Thomas Born is currently in prison for murder.

And his other son Kalup, is awaiting trial also for murder.

"This family we've dealt for almost as long as I can remember," Christian said.

Hoots is being held in the county jail without bond.


It was just before 3 a.m. when Dennis Reif heard the commotion in his kitchen.

"I got my gun out of the drawer because I heard someone smashing in here and I saw a flashlight beam," Reif said.

Reif says he came face to face with Chris Born, who he claims fired four shots at him, but missed.

That's when Reif grabbed his .38 caliber revolver and shot Born twice in the chest.

"I just quickly leveled at him and fired to protect myself and he screamed and yelled he was hit,"Reif said.

"When the shots were fired they dropped everything and left the residence," Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said.

Investigators say Born took off with Dustin Hoots in a pickup, they were caught after a short chase, but Hoots, the second burglary suspect ran off and is still missing.

Two other women, Jeanette Matthews and Tara Whittecar were in a separate pickup, and were also arrested.

The sheriff says he thinks they were acting as the lookout for born.

"We know there were two vehicles there," Christian said.

Christian said they found several stolen guns at a local shop building while trying to find Hoots.

Christian said Born, a convicted felon, runs the shop and faces felonious possession of a firearm.

The sheriff says Born likely broke in because he assumed no one was home.

Christian said they're still searching for that second suspect and anyone with information should contact the sheriff's department.