An argument between two cousins and one of their girlfriends turned deadly Friday and ended with a Shawnee man being shot and killed in his home, resulting in two arrests.
An argument between two cousins and one of their girlfriends turned deadly Friday and ended with a Shawnee man being shot and killed in his home. Two arrests have been made.
Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies responded to the home at 15811 Brangus Road about 5:02 p.m., where they found one man dead at the scene.
Sheriff Mike Booth said the victim, 24-year-old Anthony Davis, was shot one time in the chest with a .22-caliber rifle.
Booth said authorities arrested Sheb Bennett, 35, the victim’s cousin, on a first-degree murder complaint Friday night. Bennett was jailed without bond at the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.
A second suspect, Rebecca Roper, 22, who is Bennett’s girlfriend, also was arrested on complaints of accessory after the fact and obstruction for allegedly tainting with evidence at the scene, Booth said.
Upon initial investigation, Booth said it appeared Davis got into a verbal argument with someone at the household where they all reside and produced a knife, which prompted the shooting.
But after working and investigating the scene Friday night, Booth said there was no knife found and no other witnesses saw a knife.
Booth said deputies believe what began as a verbal altercation between Davis and one of the females at the home escalated to Davis grabbing a jacket that Roper had or had on her, Booth said.
“That’s when the shooter produced a .22 rifle and shot the victim one time in the chest,” Booth said.
Booth said Roper was arrested because she initially claimed she was the shooter in this case and allegedly “wiped down” the gun.
The sheriff, who said there have been problems at this residence before, said deputies have responded to domestic calls there and also recovered a stolen vehicle there earlier this week.
“There’s been friction between the victim and the other family members,” Booth said.
Deputies will complete their investigative reports in the case and turn everything over to the district attorney for consideration of formal charges being filed.
Absentee Shawnee and Sac and Fox tribal police assisted sheriff’s deputies at the scene, Booth said.
Watch for updates.