OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say a metro pastor opened fire on an alleged intruder, killing him.
Reverend Tom Vineyard is known as the pastor of Windsor Hills Baptist Church.
However, authorities say Vineyard was protecting his personal property and his family when he opened fire on an alleged intruder.
Police rushed to the home, near N.W. 23rd St. and MacArthur Blvd., Saturday afternoon after Vineyard’s son told dispatchers that his father had shot an intruder.
Officers say the home’s security system alerted the family to the break-in and Vineyard armed himself with a gun.
“The suspect was supposedly shot inside the home. I don’t know whether he passed away inside or outside of the home,” said Staff Sgt. Billy Payne, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
On December 23, police identified the alleged intruder as 14-year-old Keontre Reese.
Several signs are posted around the pastor’s home. One on the front door reads, “Nothing on this property is worth your life.”
Police say Reese did not heed the warning, and they have no idea why he chose this home.
Police say they are still investigating the shooting.
However, it is unlikely Vineyard will face any charges.
“If this man, obviously, is in his own residence with his family feels threatened, feels his life or his family’s lives are in danger, he does have the right to defend himself,” said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
“Because I’m a pastor, I have to take a stand for what is morally right,” he told us in 2013.