Double shooting in Osage County leaves father, son dead

UPDATE: Officials originally said the father allegedly killed the son. The Osage County Sheriff’s Office now says it started with an argument between the father and son when the son allegedly shot the father. That’s when another family member stepped in and allegedly shot the son. 

The father has been identified as Travis Kirchner, 45, and his son, Ty Kirchner, 23. 



OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. – A father and son are dead following a double shooting in Osage County Wednesday night.

Officials say it started around 8:30 p.m. north of Pawhuska, near the Oklahoma-Kansas border.

According to FOX 23, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office says a father and son got into an argument when the son allegedly shot and killed his father.

That’s when another family member showed up, reportedly shooting and killing the son, FOX 23 reports.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been in law enforcement a long time and I’ve seen numerous, terrible situations, you know, this one of course is a tragedy, two family members,” said Sheriff Eddie Virden with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office says they are still investigating and say self-defense could have played a role in the third family member’s shooting of the father. That person has not been arrested.

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