Neighbor justified in shooting death of a father trying to drown his infant twins in a bathtub: Police

An Oklahoma man who shot and killed a father attempting to drown his infant babies will not face any criminal charges.

As Crime Online previously reported, Cash Freeman shot his neighbor, Leland Foster, after the suspect reportedly stormed into an apartment where his two children were, and tried to drown them in the bathtub, while holding a knife to them as their mother frantically called 911.

A 12-year-old girl who was at the home ran to get help from neighbors, and Freeman reportedly picked up a loaded gun and headed into the home where the babies were being drowned. When he arrived to the scene of the attempted drowning, he shot Foster three times, killing him instantly. The babies both survived.

According to a police report obtained by the news station KFOR, the mother of the twins credited Freeman with saving their lives. The police report also addressed the justification for Freeman firing a third shot, after the suspect was presumably already injured:

Mr. Freeman reported that even after firing two (2) shots, he still considered the decedent to be a threat observing him to [be] armed with the knife and responding to the cries of the mother to help her because she felt the children were going to die, and viewing the decedent’s evil intent expressed in his facial expression, he felt compelled to fire the third shot to attempt to get past this violent man to render aid and prevent the man from getting back up to harm anyone anymore.

The news station reports that the Pontotoc County District Attorney said the shooting was a “justifiable use of deadly force under Oklahoma Law.”

Freeman will not be facing any charges.


Feature photo: Leland Foster, Oklahoma County Jail