Oklahoma Man Mauled by Dogs Dies after Attack at Tulsa Home

A 26-year-old man has died after being severely mauled by three pit bulls in west Tulsa.

Curtis Wickham was found at a home near West Admiral Blvd. and N. 49th West Ave. around 6 a.m. on Thursday.

Tulsa Police said officers were called to the home after a neighbor heard gunshots.

Neighbors told police the victim was at the residence to contact a former girlfriend when a fight broke out between him and the homeowner, according to Fox23.

During the fight, the homeowner's three pit bulls allegedly attacked Wickham, according to police.

The 26-year-old was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries, Lt. Brandon Watkins said.

Champagne Walker identified herself as the homeowner, telling Newson6 she "didn't want the dogs to kill him."

"But I didn't want him to just barge his way into my house," she added.

Walker told the outlet she and her boyfriend woke up to Wickham banging on her front door and tried everything they could to get the dogs off of him.

"The dogs were just protecting my daughter, the house ... they didn't know any better," Walker continued.

"It sucks, it sucks that that happened," Walker told ABC8. "It sucks that my daughter was there. It sucks that that happened to him and I'm just sorry."

Neighbor John Efird said he heard a woman screaming and saw a man standing swinging something as three dogs circled.

"Another guy was slumped over the fence, and I didn't see him move or anything," Efrid told Fox23.

Efrid said neighbors have called police about the dogs before.

"They even killed my girlfriend's daughter's chicken, which is buried back there," Efrid said.

Police are treating the death as a homicide and homicide detectives are attempting to determine where a gunshot heard by witnesses came from.

The dogs, the home owner and her boyfriend were taken into custody but released pending further investigation.

Tulsa animal control was called to take the dogs.

The investigation is still ongoing and everyone who was involved in the incident is being questioned, Watkins said.

"We have everybody that we are aware of right now, who are players in this crime," Watkins said.

"We're in the process of trying to figure out exactly what happened, who did what."

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A 26-year-old man has died after being severely mauled by three pit bulls at a home in west Tulsa (file photo). Emily Kask/Getty