Cash Freeman is being hailed as a hero for shooting and killing his neighbor — who was reportedly holding his estranged wife at knifepoint and attempting to drown his infant children in a bathtub. According to reports, Leland Foster was holding his three-month-old twins under water when Cash shot him twice in the back. Although Foster was killed in the incident, it is unclear whether Freeman will face criminal charges.
On Friday afternoon, Foster drove to his estranged wife’s Ada, Oklahoma, home and forced his way inside. Michelle Forrells said her estranged husband threatened her with a knife, grabbed their three-month-old son and daughter and attempted to drown them in the bathtub.
A 12-year-old girl, who was not identified, was inside the home when the altercation occurred. As reported by NBC News, the girl managed to flee the home and ran to Cash Freeman’s house for help.
Freeman said he knew Michelle Forrells and her twins. As he believed their lives were in danger, he grabbed his revolver and ran to Michelle’s home. Once inside, he found Leland Foster threatening his estranged wife with a knife while kneeling in front of the bathtub and holding his infant children under the water.
Ada Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher confirmed Cash Freeman shot Leland Foster twice in the back. Although authorities have not released specific details, Bratcher verified that Leland was killed in the shooting.
The infants were immediately removed from the bathtub and rushed to a hospital in Oklahoma City, where they were admitted for observation. Bratcher confirmed the twins were released on Sunday and are currently “doing great.” It is unclear whether Michelle was physically injured during the assault.
As reported by Daily Mail, Cash Freeman was questioned and released by Ada police officers at the scene of the shooting. It is unclear whether he will face criminal charges. However, prosecutors are expected to review the details of the incident and determine whether the shooting was justified.
According to reports, Leland Foster has an extensive criminal history — including prior charges of domestic abuse.
In October, 2011, Foster attempted to strangle and smother his former girlfriend with a pillowcase during an argument. Although he agreed to transport her to the hospital for treatment, he returned to the apartment and proceeded to destroy the woman’s belongings.
As reported by NewsOK, authorities were called to the home when neighbors reported smoke coming from the apartment. Once inside, authorities found the woman’s clothing and personal items burning on a mattress. They also found gaming systems and other electronics floating in the bathtub.
Although he was arrested and charged with arson and domestic abuse, it is unclear whether he was convicted or whether he served any time for the crime.
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Michelle Forrells’ neighbor, Summer Pierce, said she is thankful Michelle and the twins were not severely harmed in the incident. In her opinion, Cash Freeman saved their lives.
“I think he did the right thing, because who knows what would happen? Who knows what would have happened to the babies if he hadn’t intervened? They might not have made it.”
According to reports, someone inside Michelle’s home called 911 amid the frightening assault. Dispatchers said they could hear screaming and struggling in the background during the call.
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Lisa Bratcher confirmed authorities were on their way to the Forrells’ home, but Cash Freeman simply made it there before they arrived. The spokeswoman said the officers were likely wearing body cameras when they arrived on the scene and the video may help prosecutors determine whether or not the shooting was justified.
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