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The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, 02/21/08

Thursday, May 1, 2008

When Eric MacFarlane saw three teenagers kick in his neighbor's door, he got his pistol and told a neighbor to call police. Fearing his neighbor's small children were endangered, he ran to the scene. Police say two of the teens immediately fled, but MacFarlane found one in the doorway. "I told him to step back and lay down if he wanted to live," MacFarlane recalls. "Then I talked to him about what direction his life was going in." The teen said he broke in for money. MacFarlane told him he's lucky the decision didn't get him shot. "I just hope this young man has learned a lesson," MacFarlane explained, adding that he doesn't believe in violence. "[MacFarlane] did a really great job," said Midwest City, Okla., police Capt. Sid Porter. "We're probably going to issue him a commendation."

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