Pottawatomie County prosecutors have declined to file any charges against a McLoud man who fatally shot his younger brother, citing the shooting was a case of justified self defense.

Pottawatomie County prosecutors have declined to file any charges against a McLoud man who fatally shot his younger brother, citing the shooting was a case of justified self defense.

Rayden French, 17, died the morning of July 5.

McLoud police questioned his older brother, age 19, after the incident, but no arrests were made.

Prosecutors have since reviewed all evidence and reports in the investigation, as well as a surveillance video from nearby McLoud Schools that captured the entire incident.

As a result, prosecutors have ruled the shooting was justified as self-defense.

“We're declining to file charges,” said Pottawatomie/Lincoln County First Assistant District Attorney Adam Panter.

According to initial reports, McLoud police responded about 6:45 a.m. that day to a home in the 500 block of W. Heritage Park Circle, which is located in a housing addition near McLoud High School.

McLoud Police Chief Tom Pringle said French suffered two gunshot wounds to the torso from a small caliber weapon and later died from those wounds.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled French's cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, perforating, with manner of death being a homicide.

Panter, who said prosecutors carefully reviewed the case, said French and and his girlfriend had been involved in an earlier disturbance with police called on that same date. The girlfriend left and then French allegedly made a threat before leaving the house.

After that, the mother and older son were leaving for breakfast when French returned and charged at the mother, Panter said, and the brother, who pulled out a pistol and shot French.

Statements made to police by both the mother and older brother were consistent with the surveillance video footage captured by the school, Panter said, adding that French's actions were even more aggressive on video than described.

According to heart-wrenching 911 call, the older brother was holding his brother's hand while they awaited an ambulance, with the mother pleading with her son to “stay with us.”

When asked if the shooter was on the scene, the mother said, “It was his brother — he was protecting me,” she told dispatchers.

“Come on baby, momma's here,” she kept telling him, and “Stay with momma.”

French was transported to SSM St. Anthony Hospital Shawnee, where he died.

According to his obituary, French loved the outdoors and being around water to fish, swim or just have fun. He also loved to skateboard.

Funeral services were held July 10.