On Sunday, police in Ada, Oklahoma said a neighbor, Cash Freeman, shot and killed a man from Poteau, Leland Foster, 27, who had allegedly been trying to drown his twin three-month-old babies in a bathtub in his estranged wife, Michelle Forrells’ house. After the 12-year-old girl also living at the house ran next door to get help from Freeman, he reportedly came over to the house and saw Foster trying to drown the twins. Freeman then allegedly shot Foster twice in his back, killing him.
NBC News reported that the police in Ada, Oklahoma said that the twin babies, a boy and a girl, were “doing great” after they received medical treatment at a local hospital. According to CBS 8 San Diego, the babies are still at the hospital, in stable condition. A spokeswoman for the Ada police, Lisa Bratcher, stated that investigators were reviewing what happened and deciding if Freeman will face charges for shooting and killing Foster on Friday.
Foster, a resident of Poteau, Oklahoma, showed up at Ada, approximately 130 miles east of Poteau, on Friday. Foster allegedly grabbed his estranged wife and the twin babies, pulling them into the bathroom, where he attempted to drown the twins.
Bratcher said Foster held Forrells at knifepoint while he started to drown his twins. That was when the 12-year-old girl ran to the neighbor’s house to get help. She was only identified as being the permanent residents’ granddaughter.
Freeman grabbed his revolver and when he went into the house where Forrells lived, he saw Foster attempting to drown his twin children. Bratcher said that Foster then shot Freeman two times in his back, killing him.
Bratcher indicated there was possibly a police video of the Ada, Oklahoma police officers’ response to the scene of the shooting. The incident was phoned in to the police early Friday afternoon, at 12:28 CT, or 1:38 ET.
The New York Daily News reported that the Ada police received the phone call from Forrells. She said that a man inside her house was trying to kill her and drown her twin babies. Bratcher said in an interview with The Ada News that Forrells could be heard over the phone line screaming for help.
Freeman said he believed he had done “the right thing” by shooting Foster, according to KFOR. He added that he is concerned, however, that what he did might have gotten him into “trouble” with the police. Freeman was questioned by the Ada police and was released.
It will be up to the district attorney’s office to decide if the killing of Foster was justified and if Freeman would be charged with murdering him. Foster was charged in 2011 with committing domestic abuse by “arson” and “strangulation.”
Last Friday, Leland Foster, 27, of Poteau, Oklahoma, was shot twice in the back and killed when he allegedly tried to drown his twin three-month-old babies in a bathtub at the house where his estranged wife lived in Ada. Foster was killed when a 12-year-old girl who also lived in the house ran next door and told the neighbor, Cash Freeman, what Foster was trying to do. The grandfather of the twins said in an interview with KXII-TV that he was happy his twin grandchildren had not been drowned and were now safe.
By John Samuels
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