MUSKOGEE, Okla. — The Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office charged a man Wednesday in the killing of five children and his adult brother.
The man, Jarron Deajon Pridgeon, is accused of shooting the children, their mother and his brother at a home in Muskogee early Tuesday morning.
Officers responded to the call of multiple people shot at the home in the 900 block of Indiana, according to the Muskogee Police Department.
Police say officers arrived to see the suspected shooter Pridgeon holding a gun.
Police say an officer fired one shot at Pridgeon as he ran from the area. Officers caught him and arrested him after a short chase.
Once inside the home, officers found a man and four small children dead. A fifth child later died after being life-flighted to a Tulsa hospital. There was also a woman with life-threatening injuries taken to a Tulsa hospital.
Who were the victims?
A man and five children died in the shooting on Feb. 2.
Muskogee Public Schools released a statement Tuesday morning confirming some of the children shot were students at Creek Elementary.
We regret to inform our Muskogee Public Schools community that two members of our student family at Creek Elementary passed away overnight. Another Creek student was injured in the overnight incident. Muskogee Public Schools was first made aware of the situation early this morning and immediately made arrangements for additional counseling services at Creek Elementary. Our Crisis Team is working with Green Country Behavioral Health to provide grief counseling which will continue throughout the remainder of this week. We encourage any of those students or staff members directly impacted by this incident to seek these services. “We are saddened by this tragic loss and our deepest sympathies go out to all of those impacted,” said Dr. Jarod Mendenhall, Superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools. “No words can adequately express our sadness in losing these students and our thoughts and prayers are with this family.” We will make every effort to help our students and staff through this difficult time. The district will be notifying Creek Elementary parents to inform them of the situation and brief them on the support system that has been developed for the students.— Muskogee Public Schools
The victim may not have lived in the area for a long time, according to neighbors in the area, but many of them were able to take note of the large family that recently moved in and the young children who used to live nearby.
FOX23 spoke with the family of Brittany Anderson, 27, who is the woman who was shot and in the hospital. They say Anderson is recovering from a skull fracture and doctors are trying to keep the swelling down. She was able to sit up at one point Tuesday. The family is staying hopeful.
Anderson’s family shared photos with FOX23 of the children killed in the shooting: Que’dynce, 9, Nevaeh, 6, Harmony, 5, Jaidus, 3, Jalaiya, 1.
Three other children in the family were in the home at the time of the shooting but weren’t hurt.
Police say the man killed was 24-year-old Javarion Lee, the brother of the suspected shooter.
Who is the suspected shooter?
Muskogee police arrested 25-year-old Jarron Deajon Pridgeon in connection with the shooting on Feb. 2.
Police say they arrived at the home the morning of the shooting to find Pridgeon holding a gun. Officers arrested him after a short chase in the neighborhood.
The Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office charged Pridgeon with six counts of first-degree murder, one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of possessing a firearm after conviction or on probation.
He had been given a deferred sentence for a prior misdemeanor assault conviction.
A judge determined Pridgeon will be held in jail without bond. He’s been appointed a public defender as his legal defense.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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