CJR Staff
July 23, 2023

Tragic Murder-Suicide in Oklahoma Leaves 3 Children and a Mother Dead

A devastating event unfolded in Verdigris, Oklahoma, as police discovered the bodies of a woman and three children in a home after a protracted standoff.

Authorities have not yet disclosed the identities of the victims or the ages of the children involved.

The standoff initiated around 4 p.m. in the small town located northeast of Tulsa. Local police officers, responding to a firework display near a residence, were alerted to potential trouble within the home, according to Hunter McKee, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).

They Are All Dead

Upon arrival, officers discovered a woman and two children confined in a garage. The woman reported she had brought another child for a supervised visit to the home, only to be accosted by an armed woman who took the child, subsequently locking her and the two other children in the garage. Officers rescued the woman from the garage and then called for backup, as reported by FOX 23 News.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, including a SWAT team from the Cherokee Nation. A three-hour standoff ensued, but the armed woman inside the house remained unresponsive.

The standoff reached a tragic end when police, upon entering the home, found a woman and three children deceased from gunshot wounds. Investigators recovered a handgun from the scene, and the incident is being treated as a murder-suicide.

FOX 23 News reported that law enforcement had previously responded to this residence for several domestic and mental health disturbances. The connection between the two women remains unclear.

OSBI is leading the ongoing investigation into this tragic incident.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, murder-suicide incidents are alarmingly on the rise in the U.S., with 382 cases recorded this year as of July 21. This follows 670 reported cases in 2022, an increase from 594 in 2021 and 570 in the preceding year. The Violence Policy Center reports that such incidents, predominantly involving intimate partners and often occurring at home, account for 1,000 to 1,500 deaths in the U.S. annually.

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