Following an hour-long standoff with the police in Verdigris on Thursday, Oklahoma investigators have named the lady suspected of killing her three children before turning the gun on herself.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said that Brandy McCaslin, 39, shot and killed her children before killing herself.
The little village northeast of Tulsa is where the triple murder-suicide took place. According to OSBI, on Thursday at 4 p.m., police officers on patrol saw fireworks going off outside a house close to East Dogwood Court and Cypress Street.
When the police arrived to conduct their investigation, they found a lady barricaded inside the house who was armed.
According to OSBI officials, the standoff started when the offices attempted to contact the woman.
Mother Shoots Self, 3 Children in Verdigris
The home was surrounded by many response agencies, including a SWAT squad from the Cherokee Nation, for the following three hours after the police requested backup.
Officers entered the house after there was no response and found McCaslin and her three children dead inside.
ABC News confirms the news on its official Twitter account:
A mother killed her three children, including a 10-month-old, and then shot herself in an apparent triple murder-suicide, authorities say. https://t.co/4ej0wkClro
— ABC News (@ABC) July 22, 2023
According to OSBI, McCaslin shot all three children before turning the gun on herself.
The youngsters were daughter Noe, 11, son Bryce, 6, and 10-month-old Billy Jacobson.
A request for comment from OSBI was not immediately complied with. In a current inquiry, state bureau agents are collaborating with the Verdigris Police Department.
According to local news station KJRH-TV, neighbors erected a monument for the children on a tree in front of the house.
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Nearby resident Bill Salwaechter claimed to have watched the standoff and seen numerous police officers make an effort to convince McCaslin to give up.
“I think it was around 3 p.m., and police officers were here in massive numbers,” he told KJRH. “Those are the guys I really feel sorry for, since they have to go through that.”
Blake Forsman, whose family resides across the street, claimed that McCaslin would frequently be seen loading a truck or waiting for her kids at the bus stop.
“I did see the kids come in and off the bus a couple of times,” Forsman told the outlet.
The garage windows were broken, the garden was overgrown, and the house was characterized as being in terrible shape. Forsman claimed that in order to prevent their dogs from accessing his, he had previously repaired their fence.
They appeared to be typical children, he told KJRH. They would exit the bus, sprint inside, and ride and bike like regular kids.
The neighborhood is devastated.
Salwaechter stated, “The pitiful part is that those kids had nothing to do with it.” “They’ve left now. Those young people represented America’s future.
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