Thursday, November 2, 2017

Grandmother Faces Charge for Shooting at Grandkids

A Muldrow grandmother was charged with a felony child abuse charge and two misdemeanor charges after she allegedly shot at her grandchildren.

Cathy Ann Owens, 56, entered a not guilty plea to the charges on Oct. 28 and her next court appearance is on Dec.6. She is free on a $5,000 bond.

She was charged Oct. 24 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with child abuse by injury, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct with a firearm and resisting an officer.

According to the sheriff deputy’s report, he received a dispatch at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 that a female subject was shooting a gun at the reporting party. The reporting party told the deputy he and three juveniles went to a home where the juvenile’s mother was to show her a deer one of the juveniles had shot. 

The report continues, “The three juveniles started knocking on the doors and windows of the house; the Grandmother Cathy Owens opened a window…and told Grandchildren they had three seconds to leave the property. Cathy started counting one and began shooting. The children ran to the truck; while leaving Cathy Owens came to the front of the house with a black shotgun, chambering another round and shooting at the truck.”

When the adult drove away one of the juveniles fired a .30-.30 rifle into the air allegedly to make Owens stop firing her own gun.

The deputy reports he sent the man and children to the Roland Police Department, and called for assistance from Roland Police, the District 27 Drug Task Force, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the sheriff’s department.

The officers went to the Owens residence and advised her to come out “with her hands in the air.” 

When Owens opened the door she was told to walk toward the vehicles but refused and said, “Ya’ll come here, I’m not walking all the way out there.”

According to the report, two of the officers advanced on Owens and grabbed her. She was taken to the ground but refused to let the officers cuff her. The Roland officer then tased her and she was cuffed and detained.

The officers searched the home and found the weapons and a spent shell.

Owens was later interviewed and the deputy asked why she was shooting at her grandchildren. She said because “they were beating on her doors and windows yelling for their mom. I explained they were probably excited because (juvenile) had killed his first deer. She said it doesn’t matter.”

Owens entered a not guilty plea to the charges on Oct. 28, and her case is on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters’ disposition docket on Dec. 6.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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