It began with a 911 call. Soon after, neighbors on Normal Street found themselves outside their homes.
They watched as the bomb squad dug around, inside Robert Ellison’s house.
“I’m like what, are you kidding me,” said Cindy Ward.
Evacuation orders lasted for hours. Rogers County Sheriff, Scott Walton told me the commotion began around five o’clock, Tuesday afternoon.
Walton said Ellison, the man who lives here harbored explosives.
TPD’s bomb squad said they found eight pipe bombs.
“He was good guy to me. We’d sold him girl scout cookies,” said neighbor, Jamie Holden.
Holden said she grabbed her kids and left as soon as she saw all the flashing light.
“He was your average neighborly neighbor,” said Holden.
Deputies said they also found this collection of knives, pistols and rifles.
“He was not truthful with what weapons were in the house,” said Walton.
The 911 call came from someone who said they saw Ellison lean out his window and shoot a cat. Once deputies arrived, they said Ellison made a sudden movement to grab another gun. That’s when Walton said they arrested him.
“It’s not the little town, it’s not the big town, it happens in every town,” said Walton.
“If the cat incident had never happened, he’d still be sitting over there with the bomb materials,” said Holden.
Deputies said they found morphine and valium too. Ellison, a drug felon, was never supposed to have guns.