Oklahoma authorities investigating fatal shooting after son says falling rifle accidentally shot his father

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ATOKA COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in southeastern Oklahoma.

Officials say 20-year-old Wyatt Arp and his father, 55-year-old Douglas Arp, were inside the home when it happened.

Wyatt told officials that when he slammed a door, the .22 caliber rifle that was leaning up against the wall, accidentally went off as it fell to the ground, striking his father in the chest and killing him instantly.

Police say Wyatt called 911.

“At this point, he’s saying it’s an accident,” Atoka County Sheriff Tony Head told KXII. “The 20-year-old son was out in the yard claiming that the gun had fallen and his dad, who was lying on the couch, was struck and killed by the bullet.”

Head says this isn’t the first time they’ve had to respond to the home.

“We have had domestics that we’ve had to respond to that residence in the past, pertaining to this 20-year-old and his father,” Head said.

 Head also says that Wyatt is currently on probation for assaulting his father.

Officials say it is possible the rifle accidentally went off as it hit the ground and they are treating the shooting as accidental right now.

“A loaded gun should not have been in that location to start with and it is still yet to be determined that that is actually the case,” Head said.

No one has been arrested.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is also investigating.

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