Homeowner Shoots, Kills Woman During Attempted Break-In Near Guthrie, OSBI Says

Friday, October 1st 2021, 4:23 pm
By: Brittany Toolis

GUTHRIE, Oklahoma -

A homeowner shot and killed a woman trying to break into his Guthrie home, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said.

Investigators said they think the intruder wasn't alone.

The homeowner heard multiple people try to break into his house, police said. That's when he reached for his gun and fired.

"[He] Fired shots at the sounds he heard from the break-in," said Brook Arbeitman with OSBI. "When deputies arrived to the home, they found a deceased female."

The alleged break-in happened about 2:30 a.m. Friday at a house off of a rural road near Guthrie.

"Two to three people. The homeowner isn't sure how many people were inside his home," said Arbeitman.

Investigators said the others ran away when shots rang out. They haven't been found. 

Police do think they left some things behind. 

Investigators said the suspects possibly used a dirt bike to get to the scene. It stayed parked on the side of the road, mostly hidden behind a downed tree branch. Investigators loaded it into a truck and took the bike for further processing.

Also left at the house was a number of tools that include varied sizes of wrenches, a battery charger, bottles of octane booster, a helmet and what looks like a cattle prod. OSBI said it the items could have been brought to be used on the dirt bike. 

The homeowner wasn't injured, and police said he he was cooperating with investigators. 

Investigators said with the area being so rural, they hope someone who lives nearby may have noticed the activity.

"Might be odd to see a vehicle or people walking around that area at that time of early morning," said Arbeitman.

As of Friday evening, no arrests have been made. Police have not released the woman's name. If you have any information, contact OSBI at 800-522-8017 or email tips@osbi.ok.gov.