NEWALLA — A woman hid in her closet while her husband, armed with a handgun, confronted people breaking into their rural Cleveland County home, according to a newly released sheriff’s department report about a weekend home invasion that resulted in the death of one of the home invaders.

Russell Gage, 42, exchanged gunfire with masked invaders, driving them back outside where one man was struck and killed by gunfire, the report indicates.

Gage’s wife Donna told Cleveland County deputies her husband acted in self-defense on Saturday night while she huddled in a bedroom closet, according to the report.

Sheriff’s detectives are still trying to determine the dead man’s identity and the names of the multiple subjects who fled the scene at 1051 192nd Ave. NE in Newalla.

Donna Gage said she and her husband were getting ready for bed about 10:30 p.m. when they heard someone trying to break in their front door. Her husband told her to get in the closet while he retrieved a handgun, called 911 and went to investigate.

Deputy Dustin Murchison wrote in a report that when he arrived at the residence about 10:45 p.m. he found a man wearing a bloody ski mask lying on his left side in the front yard. A black handgun was on the grass nearby, he said.

Russell Gage was outside and Donna Gage and a female friend were inside, sitting on a couch. The women were crying, he said. The friend said she arrived after the incident.

The deputy said he saw two spent bullet casings on the living room floor and two bullet holes in a living room window. The front door was damaged as if it had been kicked in, he wrote in his report.

Murchison said bullet fragments were found inside the front door. A silver handgun was recovered from the bedroom where Russell Gage said he put it after the exchange of gunfire.

Another handgun and a flashlight were recovered from the hood of a pickup parked in the yard, according to the report.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help determining the identity of the dead man and the other intruders. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s department’s tip line at 701-8870 or Crime Stoppers at 701-8872.


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