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Shooter arrested, victims identified from double homicide in Oktaha

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Apr 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-26 11:20:40-04

OKTAHA, Okla — UPDATE: A man from Oktaha is federally charged in connection to the double homicide that happened in Oktaha on Friday.

Around 8:30 p.m., the Oktaha Police Department responded to the area of 93rd Street South and 40th Street West for reports of a shooting.

According to court documents, the suspect has been identified as Kyle Lee Owens, a Cherokee Nation citizen.

The affidavit reveals that Owens's wife was the one who originally called 911. She made various statements to the dispatcher about someone "trying to run her off the road" and people being on her property. Gunshots were heard before the call disconnected.

The Muskogee County 911 dispatch center called the wife back when Owens came on the line and said "they" were dead in the road. He further declined to reveal further details over the phone to the dispatcher.

During the investigation, authorities discovered one of the neighbors also called 911 about the same incident, saying their neighbor shot two people and both victims were laying on the road.

Muskogee County Sheriff's Office arrived shortly after the calls. They detained Owens and closed off the area for investigations. They found up to 28 shell casings on the road and found multiple guns in Owens's home.

They also found the two victims, now known as Benjamin Hill Jr. and Stephen Hill, dead from gunshot wounds.

Surveillance camera video in the area captured the sound of about 20 gunshots fired at separate times and a woman screaming about someone going to jail.

Owens is being charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma with two counts of murder in Indian Country.


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