An Ada, Oklahoma man is being praised as a hero for allegedly shooting his neighbor when he saw the man trying to drown his infant twins.
Cash Freeman was alerted to the peril the babies were in by a 12-year-old girl in the house, and he shot and killed Leland Foster, saving the infants’ lives, according to the Washington Post.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Freeman Encountered Foster Trying to Drown the Twins in a Bathtub
The horrific sequence of events unfolded when Foster went over to the house of his estranged wife, Michelle Forrells. A double homicide almost resulted.
Foster “held his estranged wife at knifepoint while he tried to drown their 3-month-old twins in a bathtub,” reported The Washington Post.
Before Foster could drown the twins – a boy and a girl – the 12-year-old girl in the house rushed over to the neighbor’s residence. She told Cash Freeman what happened, and that’s when he got involved, according to The Post. It’s not clear how the girl was related to the people in the house.
2. The Neighbor Grabbed a Revolver & Allegedly Shot Foster
Freeman grabbed a revolver and rushed over to the neighbor’s home.
The quick-thinking neighbor saw what was unfolding in front of him and took action, killing Foster by shooting him.
He “broke in, saw the man holding the children in the bathtub, and shot him twice with a revolver,” reported KXII.
According to the Ada News, “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…dispatchers could hear the woman screaming in the background amid sounds of a struggle.”
The Ada News reported that Foster was holding the babies underwater when Freeman encountered him.
3. Freeman Is Being Lauded as a Hero
Cash Freeman has become a social media trend as people laud his heroic quick-thinking actions. The above photo is of Cash Freeman.
“Read about, Cash Freeman, who saved those babies! American hero! Please honor him! God bless,” wrote one woman on Twitter.
Another woman wrote, “#CASHFREEMAN, American Hero. Those children will know one day that you saved their lives, sadly because of their father was drowning them😢”
Police questioned Freeman and then released him, but the local District Attorney will make the final decision about whether Freeman will face any legal culpability, reported WREG-TV.
4. Foster Was the Father of the Twins, Who Survived the Attack
The three-month-old twins were rushed to the hospital and survived the murderous attack, according to KXII.
The incident occurred on Friday, June 2, and the twins were released from the hospital the next day, according to the television station, which noted that Foster was the father of the babies.
KFOR-TV reported that Foster had a criminal history. “In 2011, he was charged with domestic abuse by strangulation and arson in the first degree,” the television station reported.
5. Freeman Said He Did What He had to Do
Freeman told KFOR that “he did what he had to do to save the babies” but expressed concern he could face legal trouble.
Summer Pierce, another neighbor, told KFOR that Freeman shouldn’t face any problems.
“I think he did the right thing because who knows what would happen, because who knows what would have happened to the babies if he hadn’t intervened,” Pierce told KFOR. “They might not have made it.”