Osage County law enforcement officials last week investigated the death of a teenager who was shot as he apparently attempted to force his way into a Hominy residence.
The boy — identified as Cole Joshua Davis, 15, of Terlton — died early Thursday, July 18, from gunshot wounds he sustained in the incident.
A 17-year-old male who lives at the home apparently fired the fatal shot from inside the house, officials said. His identity was yet released by investigators.
The Osage County Sheriff’s Office said a 911 call was made by a female resident shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.
"The caller advised that a man was attempting to break into her home," said Undersheriff Lou Ann Brown. "He had broken the glass out of the door of her residence and was trying to gain access inside."
As the young man was trying to forcibly enter the house through the front door, the awakened 17-year-old armed himself with a shotgun, reports said.
"A juvenile who lives at this location retrieved a gun and fired shots from inside the residence in the direction of the entry door," said Brown.
The wounded youth was pronounced dead after being transported to an area hospital, the undersheriff added.
A service for Davis was held Saturday afternoon in Cleveland.
Neighbors told investigators that the slain youth had been seen outside several other area residences prior to the shooting. They said he appeared to be in distress and possibly seeking protection, reports said.
"Investigators are continuing to work this shooting and will submit the case to the district attorney’s office for review," Brown said late last week.
Assistant District Attorney Mike Fisher said Friday that he had spoken to the undersheriff about the shooting and was awaiting OCSO investigative reports before deciding how to proceed with the case.