A man in Oklahoma tried drowning his two infants in a bathtub while holding his estranged wife at knifepoint Friday, but was stopped when his neighbor Cash Freeman shot him in the back, reports The Washington Post.
Police in Ada, Okla. are investigating the shooting and will try to determine if Freeman’s killing of Leland Foster qualifies as justifiable homicide.
An unidentified 12-year-old girl was also in the house at the time of the incident. She is reportedly the granddaughter of the permanent owner of the house. Forrells did not own the property.
The young girl managed to get away and ran outside to get help. She told Freeman what was happening, after which he “grabbed his revolver,” according to WaPo, and killed Foster to save the babies.
Freeman fired two shots and managed to hit Foster in the back twice. Foster later died.
The children were released from the Oklahoma City hospital on Sunday and are “doing great.”
One neighbor, Summer Pierce was interviewed by KFOR on the scene and was asked if she thought Freeman was justified in taking Foster’s life.
“I think he did the right thing because who knows what would have happened to the babies if he hadn’t intervened. They might not have made it,” Pierce said.
In 2011, Foster was charged with domestic violence by strangulation in addition to arson. He was said to have choked his ex-girlfriend and started a fire inside their apartment. He did not contest the charge.
Freeman has been released and is not being held on any charge as of yet, but he still must appear before the district attorney to prove that the homicide was warranted.
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