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EDMOND, Okla. – Neighbors said they were stunned to find out an Edmond woman was found murdered in her garage.

Police were called shortly before 9 p.m. on Tuesday night to a home in the 500 block of Park Place, just south of the University of Central Oklahoma.

The caller told police he found his wife deceased in the garage of his house and believed his son, 17-year-old Joshua Thomas Bryant, was responsible for her death.

When Edmond officers arrived on scene, they found a woman in the garage with injuries consistent with homicide.

"When we got here, we (found) an adult female, who is deceased inside the house," said Jenny Wagnon, Edmond police spokeswoman. "She has injuries on her body that are consistent with homicide.”

Police immediately started looking for Joshua.

He was arrested by Blackwell police along I-35 just after midnight.

Joshua Thomas Bryant, 17

When police questioned Joshua, he reportedly told investigators, while his father was out of the house picking up another family member, he hit his stepmother, 54-year-old Katherine Bryant, in the head with a baseball bat, knocking her unconscious.

He then admitted to dragging her to the garage and shooting her in the head with a rifle, officials said.

Katherine Byant, photo cropped from Facebook

The teen told police he then left the home in his stepmother’s vehicle.

People who live in the area tell NewsChannel 4 this is completely out of the ordinary for the neighborhood.

"Oh my gosh, it's sad,” said Sid Chartney, an area resident. "Our prayers should be with the family. You don't have to know who they are, just pray. God knows them.”

Joshua is being held on a complaint of first-degree murder.

He is expected to be charged as an adult.

Edmond Public Schools released the following statement on him:

“Edmond Public Schools is shocked and saddened to learn that current student Joshua Bryant has been arrested in connection with a homicide in the 500 block of Park Place in Edmond. Edmond Public Schools is fully cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation. 

Bryant has been enrolled at Boulevard Academy since August 2016. Boulevard is Edmond Public Schools alternative high school which focuses on academic credit recovery. Counselors are assisting students and staff at Boulevard today.   

Bryant previously attended Santa Fe High School from August 2014 to December of 2015.”