MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – It was just after 3 p.m. Monday when things went haywire at a Walmart in Midwest City.
A mother was shopping at the Neighborhood Market near Reno and Midwest Blvd. when a man grabbed her 2-year-old daughter.
The man held the little girl at knifepoint and threatened to kill her.
Syd Porter from the Midwest City Police Department said they were forced to shoot and kill the man.
“He would not put down the child and continued to make threats that he would hurt this little child. When you have a suspect counting down on a child’s life we’re going to have to take appropriate action and unfortunately we had to use deadly force, but the little child is ok,” Porter says.
After 30 minutes of negotiating with him an officer shot him to save the little girl.
Sid Porter, Assistant Chief of Police for Midwest City says, “Eventually, he basically, began doing a countdown with this child’s life. At that time one of our officers had to use deadly force to take the suspect; to stop the threat of this little child.”
Police are working on a motive right now. Witnesses said they heard the man ranting about his family and wanting to see his kids. Donita Owens said he was clearly very upset.
“He was saying he wants to go home and see his kids too. He just wants to go home and see his family. Then later he was saying he had nothing to live for nothing lose,” Ms. Owens explains.
The woman and child were not injured. No names have been released at this point.