My FIL (retired LEO) has a friend that he knaps arrowheads with. He was over at this guy's house the night before this happened. The guy is disabled and was out of the house at the time. My In laws think it might have been related to the drugs kept in the house due to the disability..(broken back)
Shooting of 33-year-old woman shocks Porum
By D.E. Smoot
Phoenix Staff Writer
PORUM — A midday burglary that ended with one woman being shot during a struggle over a gun Thursday shocked this southeastern Muskogee County community.
According to authorities, Tammy Brown, 33, was alone around noon when she startled a man who had broken into her home. Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said the intruder had begun gathering an assortment of weapons when Brown interrupted the attempted theft.
Muskogee County Deputy Jeff Smith said Brown, who was armed with a .32-caliber pistol, fired at least once at the intruder before she was shot in the chest. Smith said it is unknown whether the intruder was injured during the struggle, which took place in the living room.
Brown’s condition was unavailable from St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where deputies said Brown was taken by helicopter.
Pearson said the home was secured overnight to protect the evidence, and additional law enforcers were posted around town during the night.
“There are a lot of worried folks there,” Pearson said. “We want to make sure we keep everybody safe, because we’ve got a suspect out there.”
Brown lives with her husband, Floyd Brown, and two teenage daughters, Samantha and Sabrina. Floyd Brown was fishing with a neighbor when the shooting occurred. Her daughters were at school.
“Everybody is just shocked about this,” said Paula Taylor, Brown’s aunt. “Everybody is kin to everybody — one way or another — and we just can’t believe somebody would do something like this.”
As word of the shooting spread through town, relatives, neighbors and friends gathered in Brown’s front yard, standing vigil, awaiting word about Brown’s condition.
Most of them were tight-lipped about the ordeal, but Taylor said, “Everybody’s praying for her.”
“As little as she is (4 feet 11 inches and about 90 pounds), they didn’t have to shoot her,” Taylor said. “They probably just didn’t want to be identified.”
By the time authorities arrived, Brown had slipped from consciousness and was close to death before being transferred to a helicopter waiting in Warner, where she was taken by ambulance from her home.
“They were able to get her pulse up and stabilized during the flight to Tulsa,” Smith said.
Smith said it was unclear Thursday afternoon whether the intruder was armed or whether he left with any of the weapons he was trying to steal.
“These people collected arrowheads, and there were several weapons in the house,” he said. “We won’t know if anything was taken until we are able to inventory what’s there.”
You can reach reporter D.E. Smoot at 684-2903 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published February 3, 2006