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Police: Oklahoma man threatened to bash neighbors’ brains out with sledgehammer

ENID, Okla. - An Enid man is facing charges after police said he threatened to "bash" his neighbors' "brains out" with a sledgehammer

Teryl Sean Kirkpatrick, 50, has been arraigned in court on two felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of resisting an officer.

According to court documents, Enid police officers were sent to the 300 block of Parker Drive on October 20. When they arrived, Kirkpatrick was standing in his driveway with a sledgehammer in his hands.

Heather Eckenrode lives next door with her husband and two sons. She called 911 that night.

"It's like Dr. Jekyll and Hyde because, during the day, he’s fine, he’s a lovely neighbor," Eckenrode said.

Eckenrode recalled going home earlier that night with her husband. According to her, it all started after another neighbor stopped by.

"Two doors down, there’s a little girl that comes and plays with my son, and she wanted to play with my son and she wanted to stay the night. The grandmother had came over into the garage to talk to my husband and I to see if it’s okay," she told News 4. "Terry, our next door neighbor, came around and said what the eff is going on here? So, then, when my husband was like 'You need to get out of here and go back on your property,' they began arguing."

Eckenrode pulled her husband into their house.

"I came back outside because my son hadn’t came in, and my son was leaning up against the car and I can hear my next door neighbor talking to him," she said. "As I rounded the corner, he had a sledgehammer, and was threatening my son and telling him he’s going to bash his brains out if he dared him to cross the line."

Eckenrode quickly called police.

According to court documents, officers arrived to find Kirkpatrick slurring his speech with "bloodshot watery red eyes and was very unsteady on his feet." The affidavit also states he smelled of alcohol.

Referring to his neighbors, police said Kirkpatrick told them "those douchebags are keeping me up" and were threatening him. Authorities, however, said the suspect never answered how his neighbors were threatening him.

A city official with Enid confirmed Monday, Kirkpatrick is an employee with Enid's water department. However, the city is not commenting beyond that regarding the matter.

We stopped by Kirkpatrick's house for his side of the story on Monday, but no one answered.

Eckenrode said she's shocked it escalated this far.

"Mind you, this is someone that, during the summer, was coming over and playing basketball with my kids. He (Kirkpatrick) has a motorcycle, and my boys have dirt bikes and they were riding around in the field," she said. "So, it’s shocking for my son, for somebody to see such a dramatic change in somebody and to have to explain to him that that’s alcohol."

Kirkpatrick is due for a bond appearance on December 3.

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