BLANCHARD, Okla. – A Blanchard man has been arrested after allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife at a convenience store Wednesday morning.
Shortly before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to the Gator’s Deli, located near Hwy 62 and N.E. 10th St., after witnesses reported a shooting.
Sheriff Don Hewett, with the McClain County Sheriff’s Office, said the alleged suspect walked into Gator’s, fired two shots and left the store.
Authorities say the suspect is 64-year-old Larry Keler and the victim is Gaye Keler.
Officers confirm that both parties were owners of the store.
He said the couple was going through divorce proceedings.
According to court records, a trial was set to begin in November.
“She was a very nice lady. She would do anything for anybody, just like him,” Debra Heller said. “They were a very strong couple.”
The victim had a Victim Protective Order (VPO) against her estranged husband, but Hewett said it expired 12 days ago.
“I never would have dreamed it,” neighbor Cheryl Ryan said. “When he told me he was getting a divorce, he told me he wasn’t mad at her.”
The suspect was arrested shortly after the shooting at his home, about six miles away from the crime scene, without any resistance.
“He was a very nice person,” neighbor Carson Kirkes said. “He would buy cookies from me every year and support my band.”
Investigators are interviewing five or six witnesses in the store.
The McClain County Sheriff’s Office, the Blanchard Police Department and the OSBI are investigating.
However, other officers from nearby cities were also at the scene.
Stay tuned to NewsChannel 4 for more details as they become available.