MUSKOGEE, Okla. - A burglary suspect who was shot by the business owner he allegedly targeted is now behind bars.
Joseph Carpenter, 35, was hospitalized last Thursday after police say Dale Ford, owner of Fast Wrecker in Muskogee, caught Carpenter in the act.
Police responded to the store around 2:15 a.m. 211 N. 7th after Ford called 911, saying he shot an intruder.
Ford told police he was sleeping inside his business when he was awakened by someone kicking in the front door. He grabbed a gun and confronted Carpenter who was already inside the business.
Police say Ford fired several shots, striking Carpenter once in the arm. Ford ordered the suspect to the ground and called 911, holding the suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.
Carpenter was hospitalized for treatment but police say he left the hospital Monday evening against medical advice.
Around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday Carpenter was located at a local motel, where he was placed under arrested and later booked into the Muskogee County Jail for second-degree burglary.
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