Family safe, man shot in Del City hostage standoff
DEL CITY, Okla. — A hostage situation in Del City involving two young girls and their estranged parents ended in tragedy Wednesday morning.
Authorities said a man took his own life after keeping his two daughters, ages two and six, and their mother from leaving her house.
He broke into her house overnight.
The gunman’s family identified him as 29-year-old Shalwan Leshore.
They said he was upset at the mother deciding to end their relationship.
The situation ended just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Karen Dr., near S.E. 15th St. and Sunnylane.
“All I know is that was my baby. That was my baby,” Leshore’s aunt Roberta Cooper said.
Minutes before, Del City Police Cooper and other family members Leshore had killed himself inside his girlfriend’s house.
“He’s always been a good kid. Always,” Cooper said.
Prior to the tragic news, Wanda Frazier, who said she was Leshore’s mother, was pleading with him to end what they thought was a standoff with police.
Her six-year-old granddaughter was still in the house.
“Talk to me. Give me my grandbaby,” Frazier told news crews. “Let’s talk this out and see what’s really going on and let me get the help that you need, because I don’t want them to kill my son.”
Frazier said Leshore had been with his girlfriend for 10 years.
“I guess she was getting tired of him, so she put him out and he just can’t accept that, you know? I guess he loved her. You know, love do strange things to people,” she said.
Police said overnight, Leshore broke into his girlfriend’s house and wouldn’t allow her or their daughters leave.
But at 7:30 a.m., the girlfriend called 911 and escaped with their 2-year-old girl.
The mother also left her phone inside while on the line with 911.
Within five minutes of her leaving, police heard a gunshot.
“We believe now that was the shot taking his life but we couldn’t anticipate that until we actually made entry into the residence,” Del City Police Capt. Jody Suit said.
Police discovered Leshore only after the couple’s 6-year-old girl left the house, nearly three hours after the gun went off.
Police said she did not appear to have any injuries.
Court records show Leshore had been convicted of transporting a loaded firearm and drug possession.
Last year, he was charged with carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.