CLAREMORE, Okla. - Rogers County deputies arrested a 52-year-old man after they say they found explosives inside his house.
Claremore resident Robert Ellison faces multiple charges, including possession of explosives, possession of firearms while a convicted felon, and possession of controlled dangerous substances.
The neighbor who called 911 told 2News she was working in her front yard Tuesday evening when she heard a popping sound.
"He was hanging out his window with a gun," said Erica Brown.
Brown said that's when Ellison told her he shot and killed a cat that roamed the neighborhood.
Erica looked over and saw the dead cat lying on the ground a few yards from her.
Brown said Ellison came outside and grabbed the cat. That's when she says she called the sheriff's department.
When deputies arrived, they say Ellison initially cooperated with them.
Because of his felony conviction, Ellison is not supposed to have any guns, according to Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
Walton said after deputies obtained a search warrant, they found multiple firearms and explosives, including a pipe bomb, inside Ellison's home.
Walton describes the pipe bomb as a device that "certainly could cause bodily harm, blindness, take somebody's hand off."
Deputies evacuated part of the neighborhood , on south Normal Street, for a few hours as members of the Tulsa bomb squad searched for more explosives.
Neighbors describe Ellison as a nice and easygoing man who often stuck to himself.
At other times, they say he could be quite outgoing.
"He's very talkative. He'd talk your ear off if you let him," Brown said.
Ellison's sister, Carrie Eubanks, stopped by to feed his dogs on Wednesday and told 2News her brother wouldn't harm anyone.
"He has never harmed a flea that I know of," Eubanks said. "Claremore is not-- it should not be afraid. This is not a terrorist."
Ellison remains in the Rogers County Jail.
In addition to his other charges, Ellison faces a charge of cruelty to an animal.
His first court appearance is scheduled for May 15.
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