Prosecutors will not charge a Midwest City homeowner who fatally shot a teen trying to break into his house last month.
The incident happened just before 4 a.m. June 24 in the 10700 block of Le Jean Drive. Emergency personnel were called to the scene after a resident told dispatchers that he shot someone who tried to break into his home.
Police Chief Brandon Clabes said the caller, George Martin, 62, was inside his residence when he heard noises at the front window, back door and then at the front door. Martin said he armed himself with a shotgun as the suspect continued to try and break into the house. Martin then opened the front door and encountered the suspect, later identified as 16-year-old Michael Moler, who rushed at him with a framing hammer. The suspect raised the hammer in a threatening manner towards the victim and was shot with a 12-gauge shotgun.
“I heard him breaking in and he rushed at me and I shot him,” Martin said a 911 call released by police.
Moler then ran a short distance and collapsed in the driveway where he died, according to police.
Police said Moler was dressed in dark clothing and had a black backpack with a sledge hammer. The sledge hammer was taken from a truck bed across the street. The backpack also contained items that appeared to have been stolen from the Community Church. The church was checked by patrol and it was discovered that Moler had burglarized the church prior to attempting to break into Martin’s home.
The investigation was completed and presented to Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office for review. District Attorney David Prater declined to file any charges against Martin.
“Any person who makes a conscious decision to commit this type of crime should take note that homeowners have the legal right to protect themselves. That’s what happened in this event and the law saved an innocent victim,” Clabes said.
Moler was a student at Carl Albert High School.