CHOCTAW, Okla. - A police lieutenant, who was house-sitting for family members, stumbles upon a burglary in progress and ends up killing the alleged suspect.
That alleged suspect was identified by authorities Wednesday afternoon as 54-year-old Stephen Ray Brown.
“It just feels unbelievable. It feels like a nightmare,” said Regina Anderson.
You can still see signs of what happened at Regina Anderson’s home Sunday night, and she can still feel it.
“Today, I’m a little better, but I’m still leery,” she said.
She was on vacation with her husband when they got the call that changed everything.
“They called and said, 'You got to get home, you’ve got to get home, something bad has happened,” she said.
She came home to find that her house had been burglarized.
“When I got here, I looked at the door and the whole door is busted in. Stuff everywhere, all over my home. Things off my dresser, things missing, things are gone,” she said.
Anderson's son-in-law is an officer who was looking after the home.
When he stopped by to check on things, he noticed something strange.
“He made entry. He noticed the house had been ransacked as he made further entry into the house. And then, the subject came from a room; he had a gun in his hand. The lieutenant fired shots, killing the suspect at the house,” said Choctaw Police Chief Connie Clay.
Anderson says her son-in-law likely prevented anyone else from getting hurt and for that, she is thankful.
“It’s something that he never wanted to do. He’s a wonderful dad, just a wonderful husband. That was the last thing on his mind,” said Anderson.
Although she knows it could have been worse, she says it’s going to take a while to put this all behind her.
“I'm afraid I have my guns out, in hand reach, and I don’t know how long I will keep them that way,” she said.