Son finds father shot in home

Posted on: 6:18 pm, October 22, 2012, by , updated on: 10:19am, October 23, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY — Police are still searching for a shooter who killed a man in his northwest Oklahoma City home Saturday night. 

Police said 42-year-old Michael Rhodes was found dead in the 9400 block of Eagle Hill Rd. just before midnight.

Neighbors were saddened as they talked about the homicide just down the street.

Police said Rhodes was found shot in his home with a 3-year-old child by his side.

“I just think of that child being there and that must have been a horrifying thing,” Billie Terlip said.

With the shooter still on the streets, police work to piece together what happened inside the home.

Investigators said Rhodes’ son was upstairs in the home when he heard a loud noise.

They said he came down to find his father had been shot.

The toddler was unharmed and police said the son told investigators the front door was open.

Officers did say robbery was not a motive.

“I just think it’s a very sad situation when something like that happens,” neighbor Ben Allen said.

We tried to talk with the family but they weren’t home. 

The owners of the rental property said the family who lives here is very pleasant and they aren’t sure why anyone would want to cause them harm.

“I just hope all the rest of them are OK,” property owner Janie Sutherland said.

Neighbors were still in disbelief that Rhodes was killed.

“I was just astounded, surprised anything like that would happen in this neighborhood,” Allen said. 

They now hope a shooter is found. 

Police are asking anyone with information that can help lead to suspects to contact them.