, Muskogee, OK

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April 17, 2013

Injured burglary suspect arrested

Accused burglar taken shortly after he checked out of hospital

— A Muskogee man shot last week while allegedly burglarizing a local business was arrested early Tuesday, hours after leaving the hospital.

Joseph Lee Carpenter, 35, was arrested just after midnight Tuesday at Travel Inn, 321 S. 32nd St., by officer Josh Smith, said Muskogee Police Lt. Bobby Lee.

Carpenter had traveled there after walking out of EASTAR Health System “against medical advice,” Lee said.

Carpenter was shot once in the right arm Thursday while allegedly burglarizing Fast Wrecker at 211 N. Seventh St. Dale Ford, the business owner, told police he’d been sleeping in the shop off and on after having been recently burglarized.

Ford told police he’d shot Carpenter once in the arm with a .22-caliber rifle.

“I caught a burglar in my shop,” Ford told the 911 dispatcher the night of the shooting. “I’ve got a gun on him. He’s here in my shop.”

Carpenter was charged with second-degree burglary and ordered held on $25,000 bond Tuesday — $15,000 for the new burglary charge and $5,000 each on two revocations. Carpenter had a black T-shirt and orange jail jumpsuit pulled over his exposed right shoulder, which was heavily bandaged and in a bulky, black sling.

Special District Judge Robin Adair ordered Carpenter to return to court at 9:30 a.m. April 25 for preliminary and revocation hearings.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or

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