Altus Police responded to a residence at 809 N. Jackson at approximately 9 p.m. where two men were shot during an apparent break in.
According to Assistant Chief of Police Michael Bell, the homeowner and his girlfriend were in another room when they heard the front door being broken into. The front door lock was later found to have been picked and the door frame broken.
When the homeowner came into the living room, there were two male intruders, a white man with a handgun, and a black man with a shotgun. The two intruders forced the man and woman of the home to the floor.
“It’s uncertain at this point to know exactly what was said, but while the intruders were talking to the woman, the homeowner jumped up and grabbed the handgun and began fighting with one of the intruders,” said Bell.
Bell said that during the fight, the homeowner was shot in the foot. “He was still able to get the gun away from the intruder,” said Bell. “And at that point, he shot the intruder twice.”
After the shootings, the two intruders fled on foot. Police found the intruder that was shot just next door in the parking lot of the Tabernaculo de la Palabra Roca en el Desierto Church. Bell said that the other intruder has not been found, and that the incident is still under investigation.
The homeowner and the shot intruder are both in the hospital at this time, and their conditions are not known. Names have not been released due to the ongoing investigation.