EDMOND, Okla. – It was around 11 p.m. Wednesday when Elaina Robinson and her husband had fallen asleep on the couch while watching television.
They were rattled from a deep slumber by a loud “explosion.”
“After 40 minutes, we heard something blow up in the apartment,” Robinson said. “We didn’t realize what it was and we saw the hole in the floor. It was our neighbor’s shotgun. I don’t know what was the reason.”
Grant Samuel Spence, 40, lives in the apartment below.
Police said “his speech very slurred and he smelled of an alcoholic beverage. His eyes were bloodshot and watery.”
Authorities said Spence was in no condition to be handling a loaded, .12 gauge shotgun.
According to the police report, the suspect claimed he dropped the gun and it accidentally discharged into the ceiling of the apartment.
Investigators aren’t buying his story.
Police spokesperson Jenny Monroe said, “He told responding officers it slipped out of his hand and he dropped it and the butt of the gun hit the ground and it went off. We had a firearms inspector who tried to duplicate that maneuver and he couldn’t get the same thing to happen.”
Buckshot peppered their ceiling, furniture and came within inches of the Edmond couple.
Elaina Robinson said, “It was crazy. We could have been hit. It could have cost somebody their life. Imagine, we are sitting right here. My feet would be on the floor. That’s where we play our PlayStation games.”
Investigators said they’ve made repeated trips to Spence’s downstairs unit before on domestic disturbance calls but nothing like this.
Elaina knows it could have ended much worse.
“I don’t want to think about it,” she said.