Carter Co. homeowner finds, shoots burglary suspect

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CARTER COUNTY, Okla. -- A burglary suspect spent the day in the hospital after getting shot by the homeowner.

The homeowner tells us what went through his mind after catching the thief in the act.

"Well I came back home briefly just to check on some stuff," homeowner Sammy Stanfield said.

Stanfield had no idea he would be coming home to a burglar.

"He was coming out of my garage and he was coming at me and I asked him to stop and he didn't," Stanfield said.

Stanfield grabbed a .22 caliber rifle from his truck, hoping to scare off the suspect.
His first thought was to not use the gun.

"Try to get him to stop," Stanfield said. "And he just wouldn't. He wouldn't stop."

Stanfield fired a warning shot, but he says that didn't stop 55-year-old Tommy Robbins.

That is when Stanfield shot Robbins one time in the right arm.

"I just did what I had to do to get him to stop," Stanfield said. "You hate to do it anytime."

Stanfield said Robbins then got into his car and tried to back out of the driveway. But, instead of making an escape, Robbins got his car stuck in a ditch.

"Mr. Stanfield shot some rounds into his vehicle to disable it," Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony said. "The suspect jumped back out of the vehicle and started after the victim, Mr. Stanfield again. He (Stanfield) told him to get on the ground he will shoot him again."

Anthony says his officers arrived a short time later.

Robbins was taken to the hospital where he was treated and then booked into the Carter County Jail on burglary charges.
Officials found several welding tools in Robbin's car.

"During our investigation it looks like he may be a suspect in some other burglaries, so we are investigating that," Anthony said.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner.

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