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UPDATE: Midwest City woman tells police she shot man because she felt ‘trapped, suffocated’

UPDATE 8:20 a.m. – Officials have just released documents with some very interesting details about the murder of a Midwest City man earlier this month.

According to the affidavit, 49-year-old Diana Sanders told officers she shot a man she was living with because she “felt trapped and suffocated.”

Police said Sanders told them 54-year-old Stephen Dollarhide was talking about flight simulators, 9/11, Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Sanders told Midwest City police she is a paranoid schizophrenic and blacked out when she shot Dollarhide.

The documents state Sanders said she was mentally abused over the years said she never left because she had nowhere else to go.

Sanders is now facing first-degree murder charges.

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Police dispatchers in Midwest City received an unusual call for help after a woman rushed to a convenience store to say that she was responsible for shooting a man.

Officers say the call came in around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to police, the caller said, “You might want to send an ambulance to 930 N. Pine, I just shot a gentleman…”

The call came from the parking lot of a 7-Eleven a few blocks away from the home.

When authorities arrived in the area of N.E. 10th St. and Post Rd., they found the front door ajar.

Officers went inside the home and found 54-year-old Stephen Dollarhide dead on the floor.

Dianne Sanders

Dianna Sanders

Chief Brandon Clabes, with the Midwest City Police Department, said, “There are weapons in the house. We do not know if that was the weapon used.”

Neighbors say they never heard a thing; no gunshots and no arguing.

Police are still trying to figure out why the shooting happened.

They are interviewing those who knew Dollarhide and 49-year-old Dianna Elaine Sanders, the woman who confessed to shooting the victim.

Herman Nelson, who lives next door to the victim, said, “For this to happen, I just can’t believe it. I can’t believe she did it.”

Nelson says Dollarhide was always friendly.

He says the man lived alone for years, but recently had Sanders move in with him.

“Unfortunately, we are working the case as a homicide but don’t know the underlying circumstances at this time,” Chief Brandon Clabes said. “However, we are confident no one else is involved other than the original female caller and our victim.”

Clabes said this is Midwest City’s third homicide of the year.

Authorities say Sanders was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder.


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