MIDWEST CITY, OK – A couple were victims of a home invasion when a woman’s estranged husband broke into the residence, forcing her new boyfriend to shoot in self-defense.
Barking Dog Alerts Couple To Home Invasion
On Oct. 1, according to Fox News, police responded to reports of a home invasion in Midwest City, Okla., and shots fired in self-defense. Upon arriving at the scene, they found Mauricio Alexander Delarosa, 34, with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
The couple were home and were alerted to a problem by their barking dog. The male – the couple is unnamed in the press – looked around the house to see what the issue was and found Delarosa having forced his way inside.
According to Fox OKC, Delarosa charged the man, forcing him to defend himself. He shot Delarosa once, which ultimately caused his demise. Delarosa fled the residence into a neighbor’s yard, where he collapsed.
He was taken to the hospital and will face first-degree burglary and stalking charges.
Delarosa is still the legal spouse of the woman living at the residence, as she cohabitates with her new boyfriend, though she has never shared the identity of her new boyfriend nor his address.
Delarosa apparently suffered some kind of nervous breakdown, as he had called his estranged wife over 170 times in the course of several days.
Disturbed Exes Are A Significant Danger
A mentally disturbed or unhinged ex poses a danger if they’re more than just angry with their former spouse or lover.
According to the Bureau Of Justice Statistics, an estimated 27.6 percent of all stalking is done by an intimate partner, and a former partner perpetrates more than 50 percent of instances of stalking by an intimate partner. Divorced or separated people are far more likely to be victims of stalking than single or married people, and women are almost twice as likely to be victims of stalking than men.
The best thing to do is to not ignore the problem if one is emerging. Filing a police report and getting a restraining order may not deter someone from continuing to harass or stalk you, but it does create documentation that there is a pattern of behavior.
It’s also the case that restraining orders only work when they work. Once someone is determined to victimize a former lover regardless of consequences, they can only be stopped in the act. Having the means to defend yourself, along with the will and the ability, may be the only thing that can save you.