Tulsa, Oklahoma

From Lawton’s KSWO.com of May 2, 2007

Man who was shot wants shooter arrested; police decline

Tulsa police have thus far declined to arrest a man who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and who was involved in a shooting last week that left another man injured.

The man who was injured, Steven Hackler, wants police to arrest the man he says shot him, whom police identify as Phillip Stephenson.

Tulsa Police Officer Jason Willingham says authorities questioned Stephenson but opted not to arrest him, and Willingham says that such a scenario usually means that charges will not be filed.

Tulsa County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Susan Witt says that office is waiting to receive the police report before making a decision on whether or not to file charges.

Hackler says Stephenson said he fired the shot because Hackler had pushed Stephenson’s wife. Hackler says the shooting definitely was not in self-defense.


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