Oklahoma City man fights off home invader with baseball bat

David Edward Putnam, 51, used a baseball bat to fend off an armed man who broke into his home Friday morning, police said.
by Silas Allen Modified: November 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm •  Published: November 16, 2013
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An Oklahoma City man used a baseball bat to fight off a home invader armed with a shotgun Friday morning, police said.

David Edward Putnam, 51, told Oklahoma City police he was asleep in his bedroom about 5:30 a.m. Friday when a man broke into his house at 2824 SW 30 in Oklahoma City. The man was armed with a shotgun, Putnam told police.

The man hit Putnam several times with the shotgun before he was able to take the gun away from the intruder, he told police. He then used a baseball bat to defend himself.

Anthony Lee Brown, 51, was treated for “significant head injuries” and arrested on a complaint of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Police said Putnam had visible injuries to his head, hands and back. Putnam couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

Brown was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He was booked at Oklahoma County Jail Friday evening. Brown remained in jail Saturday on $52,000 bond.


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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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