District Attorney: Man arrested for deadly shooting released, acted in self-defense


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Authorities say they have released one man who was originally taken into custody for a deadly shooting in Oklahoma City.

Around 5 a.m. on Sunday, officers were called to a home near N.W. 29th and Independence regarding a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found 47-year-old Zachariah Perry, who was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound.

They also found 37-year-old George Wilkes who had also been shot, but he was rushed to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators learned there was some type of altercation that took place in the home between Perry and a female resident.

The female attempted to leave with the help of several people, including 33-year-old Rodrick Liggens.

Authorities say in the process of leaving, another altercation between the group and Wilkes took place.

At that point, investigators say Wilkes opened fire at the group, and Liggens opened fire on the house.

Liggens was originally arrested on a complaint of second-degree murder.

However, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Liggens, saying he acted in self-defense.

Instead, investigators say Wilkes will likely be charged with murder, four counts of shooting with intent to kill, and one count of possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

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