As we noted earlier Tulsa homeowner recently shot and killed a home invader. The unusual thing about this story is that the same homeowner had shot another burglar in the same home just five years ago. That burglar, named Michael Watts, survived (remarkably…he was shot six times and released from the hospital after about a week).
In the wake of the recent shooing and after having served time for the burglary attempt, Watts has been interviewed about his experience with the homeowner, Charles Sweeney.
In the video above, Watts recalls:
“I said, hey man, my bad, I thought this place was open. My hands was up. I said I’m leaving man. I didn’t know anybody lived here. He shot me, boom, right in the heart. I said you shot me. He shot me again in the heart. I said, man, please don’t shoot me no more. I was begging. And, he shot me in the leg, then I could tell he wasn’t going to stop, so I turned to run and he shot me in the back. I still have that bullet in me, hit my lung and my liver. That one dropped me. He walked up to me and put that barrel to my face and shot me in the head.”
Watts portrays himself as a good guy fallen on hard times. He says he was married 28 years, raised five kids, and then suffered a series of losses which caused him to start looking for alternative streams of income. He says he thought Sweeney’s house was abandoned and wouldn’t have gone inside if he thought there was someone living there. He also thinks Sweeney should have warned the recently deceased burglar before shooting him.
When the interviewer says, “You know, some people are going to say, don’t matter, ain’t your home, don’t go there,” Watts says, “I know I was wrong. I wasn’t invited into that house.”
Watts offers some advice for anyone considering a life of crime: “If you see an empty house and think about going in there, you might want to think again.”