OKLAHOMA CITY - A homeowner was hit in the head with a hatchet as he interrupted a burglary on the city's northwest side Friday afternoon.
Oklahoma City Police say the homeowner was struck after a scuffle with the suspect inside a home in the 9000 block of 73rd Terrace in the Cottonwood Farm subdivision shortly before 4:00 p.m.
"The homeowner had pulled into the garage, walked into the house and was accosted by the suspect," said Lt. Isaac Goodman. "This lead to a physical altercation between the suspect and the homeowner. The suspect at one point, retrieved a hatchet from his waistband and struck the homeowner over the head."
Police say the homeowner then went inside the garage and grabbed his conceal carry weapon from his car. That's when, police say, the suspect retreated inside the home and locked the door, leading to an hours-long standoff, as it was believed the burglar was still inside.
"I had seen the helicopter keep hovering above me, I was like, okay, what’s going on?" said Peter Kibugi, who lives across the street in another neighborhood, as a number of people gathered to watch the rush-hour commotion.
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Tactical teams, responding to an unrelated barricade situation nearby, quickly filled the neighborhood near Wilshire and North County Line Road. Officers in tactical gear closed Wilshire to traffic, behind the victim's home, as police tried to make contact with the suspect.
However, shortly before 6:30 p.m., an all-clear was given after the suspect wasn't found inside the house.
"The responding officers found forced entry in the back of the home, but the back door appeared to be secure also," said Goodman.
"We had reason to believe the suspect was still barricaded inside the home."
Police believe the suspect was able to take off between in the minutes between a 911 call being made and the first officers arriving on scene.
The home's owner was treated and released at the scene. Police are still investigating.