Authorities in Lincoln County are investigating a deadly crossbow shooting that ended with a 10-year-old boy being killed and that boy's brother injured.
Authorities in Lincoln County are investigating a deadly crossbow shooting that ended with a 10-year-old boy being killed and that boy's brother injured with the same arrow.
Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty, during a press conference Monday, said a 13-year-old boy has been arrested in the case after he allegedly shot a broadhead arrow from a crossbow, killing 10-year-old Austin Almanza and injuring Austin's younger brother.
Dougherty said Austin died Saturday evening after the arrow traveled completely through his body and then hit Austin's younger brother, Ayden, in the arm.
The incident occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday evening in an area across the street from 980267 S. Pecan Meadow Drive, an address in the Wellston area.
The sheriff said there is a vacant lot there with a treehouse, where many children often play.
When emergency crews arrived, Austin was dead at the scene, the sheriff said, and Ayden was transported to the hospital. Dougherty said Monday that Ayden was released Sunday from OU Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
The sheriff, who said “all three kids were friends and played together,” said during the news conference that Austin didn't die "because of an accident." He said a disagreement involving the three boys led to the crossbow shooting.
Deputies from Dougherty's office and the District Attorney's Violent Crimes Task Force are investigating the case as a homicide, he said.
Once the investigation is complete, they plan to turn their findings over to Lincoln County prosecutors to determine if any charges are being filed.
The teen suspect is being held in a juvenile detention center outside of Lincoln County, the sheriff said.
Dougherty said they aren't releasing any information about the suspect because he is a juvenile.
As Austin's family makes funeral arrangements, a YouCaring account has been set up at to assist them with both funeral and medical expenses: