Tulsa man arrested months after claiming self-defense in shooting

TULSA, Okla. — A man was arrested months after he claimed a shooting in downtown Tulsa was in self-defense.

Wendell Clark was arrested Monday by Tulsa police for shooting at a man outside of the Tulsa Day Center in December.

Court documents say on Dec. 26 around 12:30 p.m. shots were fired in front of the Day Center near West Archer Street and North Denver Avenue.

Clark allegedly shot twice at another man and a projectile went into the Day Center. The incident was caught on surveillance video.

Clark was arrested two days later, when Day Center employees recognized him parked outside of the building.

Tulsa police took Clark into custody, where Clark told officers that a man tried to rob him and punched him in the face. He said he shot at the man in self-defense.

Documents say surveillance video backed up part of Clark’s story, and he also had a black eye.

Clark signed a search waiver for his home, where police found a Cobra 9mm two-shot derringer that Clark said was used in the shooting. Clark was released pending further investigation.

Upon further review of the case, police discovered Clark is a convicted felon. Another look at surveillance video from December found Clark may have fired the first shot in self-defense, but a second shot was fired as the man he was firing at was running away. The man who was shot at has not been identified.

Clark was arrested Monday for possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony, shooting with intent to kill and discharging a weapon into a dwelling/public place.