An Oklahoma man was shot in the back and killed by a neighbor while trying to drown a pair of three-month-old twins.
“It’s awful because I’ve held the babies and, like, I’ve played with them and I just gave them clothes yesterday," neighbor Summer Pierce told NBC affiliate KFOR.
The suspect, Leland Foster, allegedly threatened the mother of the children with a knife during the incident on Friday. A 12-year-old girl who was in the home ran to a neighbor for help.
The neighbor, Cash Freeman, hurried over to the home to find Foster trying to drown the twins, a boy and a girl, in the bathtub.
Freeman shot Foster twice in the back to stop the alleged attack. Freeman told KFOR that when he saw what was happening in the bathroom, he did what he had to do to save the babies. He also said he was worried he would be in legal trouble for shooting Foster.
“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,” said Pierce. “They might not have made it.”
Police said that Freeman was questioned and released, but will have to go before the district attorney to see if it was a justified homicide.
The babies were flown to a hospital but have been released. Police told NBC News that the babies were “doing great.”
In 2011, Foster was charged with domestic abuse by strangulation and arson in the first degree. He pleaded no contest.