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Detective provides update on Jenks father's murder-suicide investigation that left two children dead

Posted at 12:04 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 13:04:08-05

JENKS — Jenks Police Detective Sgt. Bowdle provided an update on the shooting that took place in the Country Woods Edition near West 106th Street South in Jenks over the weekend.

Bowdle said on Sat Dec. 14 officers responded to a 911 call in Jenks.

Officers located three people with gunshot wounds.

Officers called for Jenks Fire Department and EMSA to respond to the scene and began treatment of the victims.

Officials say Thang Khen (36) gathered his four children into the garage where he then pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot Peter Khen (8) then Samual Pau (10).

A 9-year-old child fled back into the house and an infant was left unharmed.

Thang Khen then shot himself.

Peter (8) died on scene while Samuel Pau (10) and Thang later died at the hospital.

In a press conference that took place on Tuesday, Sgt. Bowdle said, "Something like this rarely happens in the City of Jenks. In my 18 years here, we have only had a few occasions where we have actually had homicides, and nothing quite to this extent."

When questioned about the affect this incident has had on the community, Sgt. Bowdle said, "It actually has been very rough on the community, thankfully we have a wonderful community here in the City of Jenks, and there has been a lot of outpouring of support for the family."

Right now, since Thang died, detectives say they are trying to figure out a motive behind why he did what he did to the children.

Detectives have performed some interviews and say there is indication that he was feeling threatened and felt people were following him.

Sgt. Bowdle went on to say the incident has affected both the Jenks police and fire because the scene they had to respond to was a very disturbing scene.

Detectives say they have not found any motive, and believe they never had any previous contact with this home or Thang.

Detectives say it was a large family and had multiple family members living in the same household.

The two surviving children are still with the family, Sgt. Bowdle said.

Detectives say the mother has not been able to help as she is very traumatized by the event.

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