The sheriff of Sequoyah County, Okla., will not be arresting a 95-year-old man who shot and killed a 29-year-old man, claiming self-defense.
The shooting occurred on Dec. 28 on the property of the shooter, Douglas Vaden. He drew his gun on Clinton McCormick, the son of his live-in caretaker of three years.
Teresa McCormick, the victim’s mother, said that her son had not threatened Vaden, nor was there any bad blood between the two men.
“My son didn’t have any weapons,” she said. “He wasn’t making a fist, nothing. And Mr. Vaden shot him in the face.”
“There’s no trespassing sign, and he never told my son, ‘Do not come on this property,’” she added. She also said that her son, who lives just past the state line in Arkansas, often visited her at Vaden’s home.
McCormick’s pregnant girlfriend, with whom he has a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, witnessed the shooting.
Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said that Vaden told him that McCormick tried to attack him and that he feared for his safety. He claimed McCormick had made threats to him over the phone, and then in person, prompting him to shoot.
“[He] said he felt threatened and fired one shot to injure him,” Lockhart said.
“The elderly man has had problems with the son and told him not to come onto his property.”
McCormick died from the single shot to his upper torso.
It will now be up to the District Attorney’s Office to file charges as it sees fit.