Earlier this year, a small sleepy town in Oklahoma made national news after a man shot and killed his neighbor. However, it was not particularly the fact that he shot and killed him that caused it to receive such attention. It was because he did so to stop the man from drowning his twin babies.
David Cash Freeman was cleared of all charges on Thursday, more than a month after the incident occurred. The shooting was declared a “justifiable use of deadly force under Oklahoma Law,” by the Pontotoc County District Attorney.
On June 2, David Cash Freeman rushed to a neighbor’s home in Ada after a 12-year-old girl ran to his house for help, according to KTLA sister station KFOR in Oklahoma City.
When he arrived at the girl’s home, investigators say he found Leland Foster attempting to drown his 3-month-old twins in a bathtub, while holding a knife and threatening their mother. That’s when Freeman shot and killed Foster.
The district attorney’s office released a statement saying:
“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 mother of the children also credited Freeman with saving their lives, according to the investigative report, which reads: “the neighbor saved their life and that she was glad that he did or they would have all been dead… Leland was going to drown the babies and the knife was meant for her.”
I have been following this case since it happened in June, and I am glad to hear that Freeman has been found innocent. He saved several lives that day by shooting his neighbor. Any good citizen would have done the same.