OKLAHOMA CITY – An Airman has been arrested and another man is recovering after police said he shot a meat salesman just for knocking on his door.
It went something like this: Knock knock. Who’s there? The meat salesman. BOOM.
Authorities said 33-year-old Airman Glyn Mearanto shot Steven Michael Williams who was selling meat door-to-door.
The crime almost went unreported until the victim’s coworker told him if he called police he “could get $1 million out of this.”
It started when police got a call about a shooting near N. Westminster Rd. and Spencer-Jones Rd.
When officers arrived, they found more of a fortress than a traditional home.
An eight-foot fence surrounded the property prominently displaying signs emblazoned with messages like “Beware of Everything” bearing images of guns.
Other posters warned outsiders to “Beware of Dog” and that they are in a “Controlled Area – It is unlawful to enter this area without permission of the installation commander.”
Officers said they found a man, Mearanto, cleaning broken glass, the remnants of a shattered door, and asked him what happened.
According to the report, Mearanto said he was home alone with his daughter, saw a “strange truck” in his driveway and became concerned.
He said any reasonable person would not have ignored all the warning signs he had posted.
The Airman said he got his .410 shotgun, which was loaded with buckshot, and answered the knock at his door.
The man on the other side, Williams, said he was selling meat door-to-door.
Officers said Mearanto opened the main door, leaving the storm door closed, and told Williams to go away.
The report states at that same time a pellet shot through the storm door straight at Williams.
Williams didn’t need to be warned twice; he got the message loud and clear and left.
Officers said Williams told them he wasn’t even going to call police until his boss told him he should and one of his coworkers said he might be able to make some money.
Mearanto was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
“You can’t just shoot somebody because they knock on your door,” said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.
The victim worked for a company called Iowa Steak.
No one with the company would talk about the case.
The victim escaped with only a minor injury.
As for the suspect, he allegedly told police he was home alone with his daughter and was fearful of the victim’s intent.