Ada police have identified the man who authorities said forced his way into a home in the 1800 block of East 6th Street Friday and attempted to kill his three-month-old twins.
Leland Foster, 27, of Poteau, was fatally shot, twice, by a neighbor who police say came to the children’s aid after a 12-year-old who fled the home alerted him to what was happening in the house.
Ada Public Information Director Lisa Bratcher said shortly before 12:30 p.m. Friday, Central Dispatch received a call from an unidentified woman pleading for help. Bratcher said the woman told dispatchers a man — later identified as the children's father — had a knife and was threatening to kill her and her babies. Over an open line, Bratcher said, dispatchers could hear the woman screaming in the background amid sounds of a struggle.
Bratcher said the 12-year-old granddaughter of the home owner fled the house upon Foster’s arrival and ran to a neighbor’s home seeking help.
The neighbor armed himself with a revolver and entered the home, where Bratcher said he found Foster in the bathroom, holding the babies underwater in the bathtub while keeping their mother at bay with a knife. Bratcher said the man shot Foster twice, killing him.
Police responding to the call immediately handed the children off to Mercy EMS paramedics, who transported the children to Mercy Hospital Ada, then on to an Oklahoma City Hospital. Bratcher said the children’s vital signs were stable Friday night and they are doing well. The three-month-old twins — a boy and a girl, born prematurely — are expected to be released from the hospital Saturday.
The neighbor who came to the children’s aid was questioned and released by police. Bratcher said the man’s actions will be reviewed by the district attorney’s office to determine whether he will face any charges for the shooting.
The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and toxicology screening on Foster’s body to determine whether he was under the influence of any intoxicants or narcotics.
Police continue to investigate the matter, and have not yet determined a motive for Foster’s behavior.