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911 call captures attention of NewsOK audience

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What’s the story of the week on NewsOK?

Is it MAPS 3 — the vote that passed with room to spare?

Or is it something else? Say, a story about a woman defending her home with a 16-gauge shotgun.

If you’re looking for a story that will probably be remembered in 20 years, it’s the MAPS 3 vote.

If you’re looking for the story that people keep stopping me to talk about, it’s the woman with the shotgun.

And it’s all because of the 911 call that we were able to post with the article.

It was a well-reported story by Johnny Johnson and Robert Medley. They effectively told us what happened:

But when he threw a table through her sliding glass patio door, the 56-year-old woman — who was home alone — couldn’t wait for deputies any longer.

There is a loud crash on the 911 tape.

The phone drops, and there’s a single shot from a 16-gauge shotgun.

But nothing resonates like the 30-minute 911 call. Scary stuff. Tragic.

This story has captured our audience’s attention. Since it broke last Friday, the 911 call video has been viewed more than 50,000 times. And it has really jumped again today when the update about the shooting being rulled a “justified act.”

To answer my own question … the story about the woman defending her home is the story of the week on NewsOK.

MAPS 3 will have to wait for the “Story of the Year” nominations.

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Alan Herzberger

Alan Herzberger is the Vice President of Audience Development at The Oklahoman Media Company. He focuses on digital strategies for The Oklahoman and for He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports department.... Read more ›