Tulsa Police: Tulsa Motel Guest Shot Over Noise Complaint - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Tulsa Police: Tulsa Motel Guest Shot Over Noise Complaint

Posted: Updated:
Americas Best Value Inn is located at 3509 South 79th East Avenue. Americas Best Value Inn is located at 3509 South 79th East Avenue.
Booking photo of Ashley Chaplin. [Tulsa County jail] Booking photo of Ashley Chaplin. [Tulsa County jail]
Officers said a motel guest on the second floor was awaken by a man and woman arguing on the third floor balcony above and stepped out to tell them to be quiet. Officers said a motel guest on the second floor was awaken by a man and woman arguing on the third floor balcony above and stepped out to tell them to be quiet.
Travis Gilbreath, shot by shotgun blast. Travis Gilbreath, shot by shotgun blast.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

Tulsa Police say a man was shot at a motel Tuesday night after telling another guest to be quiet.

Travis Gilbreath lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and three kids. He's working in Tulsa and has been staying at the America's Best Value Inn, near I-44 and the B.A. Expressway, for several weeks.

After Tuesday night, he said he's just glad to be alive.

"These three marks right here," Gilbreath said as he showed where the shotgun pellets hit him; on the arm and in the face.

He wasn't injured enough to stop him from going to work Wednesday morning, but he knows it could have been worse.

"I wiped my face and I pulled," Gilbreath said. "One of the pellets was stuck to my nose…kind of a scary experience"

It all started late Tuesday night. Travis, staying on the second floor, said there was loud argument above him, on the third floor.

He yelled up to the man and woman to be quiet because he was trying to sleep. The man told him to come out onto the walkway; when he did, Travis said the shooter pulled the trigger.

"I could feel the pellets hit me in the face, and bounce off the wall behind me," Gilbreath said.

The motel called police, but the shooter left before officers arrived. Ashley Chaplin, the woman police believe was involved in the argument, was left behind.

Officers found a 12-gauge shotgun, cocaine, marijuana, and scales in her room. She was arrested.

And all of this made Travis think about arming himself, especially when he's away from home.

"I felt a little helpless without having a pistol on me," he said. "And you never think about something like that. I mean, people I know, they carry one because they're out of town…I never thought I needed one, you know."

Police said they found the shotgun hidden in a hideaway bed in Chaplin's room.

Police believe they know who the shooter is and are still looking for him.

Special Features

Bridge Tracker

How safe are Oklahoma?s bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on The News On 6? Find it here!

Murrah Bombing Timeline

Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

Turnpike Interactive

View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Cold Cases

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Survival Guide

    What can you do to survive a crime? Find advice for personal safety here.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

Powered by WorldNow
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
OKLAHOMA CITY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.