When a young girl knocked on his door and described the nightmarish scene happening in the house next to his, Cash Freeman immediately grabbed his gun, ran to his neighbor's, and fired away. Now, he's being hailed as a hero -- but he's worried that he might face legal consequences.
It happened on June 2 in Ada, Oklahoma, which is approximately 50 miles away from Oklahoma City, notes NBC News.
Ada police spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher said that 27-year-old Leland Foster, who lives some 130 miles away, arrived at the house where estranged wife Michelle Forells and their 3-month-old twin babies were staying.
Foster reportedly dragged the mom and two kids into the bathroom and held the mom at knife point while trying to drown the babies in the tub. A 12-year-old girl -- who was also living there with her grandmother -- ran for help and found Freeman.
The neighbor grabbed his revolver and hurried over to the house, where he reportedly saw Foster holding the twins' heads underwater and promptly shot him twice in the back, killing him and saving the babies from drowning.
"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," neighbor Summer Pierce told KFOR. "They might not have made it."
Freeman told KFOR that he knew he did what he had to and was relieved that he was able to save the infants, but he is worried that he might face legal charges.
Bratcher said that he had been questioned and released, but a district attorney would be looking into the matter to see if Freeman was justified in running into the home and killing Foster, while the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was going to see whether or not Foster had any drugs or alcohol in his system, although there have not been any updates on the results, notes The Ada News.
According to Bratcher, police dispatch received a harrowing call that night from an unidentified woman believed to be Forells, begging for help and explaining that a man armed with a knife was threatening to kill her and her babies. While still on the phone, dispatchers heard general sounds of a struggle the woman screaming.
"It's awful because I've held the babies and, like, I've played with them and I just gave them clothes yesterday," said Pierce, who explained that they have had their share of health scares after being born prematurely, reports KFOR.