Tulsa has had 11 homicides in 2015, nearly half of them by regular people acting legally in self defense. For comparison’s sake, only eight such homicides occurred in all of 2014, and six of those involved Tulsa police officers. Tulsa police have not been involved in a shooting yet this year.
“It’s been an odd year,” Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said. “I’m sure it will even out over the next 12 months, but, yeah, … it’s been odd.”
Enacted in 2006, Oklahoma’s “Stand Your Ground” law extends broad protection to Oklahomans who think someone entering their “dwelling” might use physical force against them. The law even specifies that the victim need not be in fear of his or her life — use of deadly force is protected as long as the victim has “reasonable belief” the intruder might use “any” physical force, “no matter how slight.”
While many are aware of Oklahoma’s “Stand Your Ground” law, not everyone knows its details, Tulsa County First Assistant District Attorney John David Luton said.