I can still vividly recall an incident that took place many years ago when I was a high school sophomore. It was a Saturday morning around 8am when we (my parents and younger sister and myself) heard someone pounding on our door and screaming. It was the girl that lived next door. She was a senior at that same school I attended. She was naked and dripping wet. We immediately wrapped her in a towel and managed to learn that her father had just shot and killed her mother and had come after her while she was in the shower. She managed to escape out the back door and ran to us for help. My dad and I grabbed guns and headed over to the house.
My dad told me not to shoot the man unless he threatened either of us. Just as we reached their door, we heard a shot and then nothing. After a short wait, dad opened the door to find that the dad had shot himself in the head. His body lay only a few feet from his wife. My dad and I talked with the police when they arrived and we were both asked if we were prepared to shoot the neighbor if need be and we both said yes, if it meant saving our lives. We were both thankful we didn’t have to shoot him, but yes, dad and I were both prepared to take a man’s life to save our own.
How would you react? Would you be willing to take someone’s life to save your own or the life of another person? What about if that other person was a child or baby? Would you be more inclined to shoot someone to save the life of a child or infant?
That was the question that faced Cash Freeman of Ada, Oklahoma. Ada, is a small community of about 17,000 people, headquarters of the Chickasaw Indian Nation and located about 60-70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.
Last Friday, a 12-year-old girl who lived next door to Freeman pounded on his front door screaming for help. She told him that Leland Foster was at her house threatening her mom with knife. Freeman grabbed his handgun and followed the girl back to her house. Upon entering the home, Freeman heard Foster threaten the mom with his knife and then found him the bathroom. He had the bathtub filled with water and was holding a set of 3-month-old twins (a boy and a girl) underwater, trying to drown them as he continued to yell and threaten the mom.
Freeman reacted and shot Foster twice in the back, killing him. The infant twins were pulled from the bathtub and transported to the hospital. They were okay and released the same day.
Afterwards, Freeman told the local media that he felt he did the right thing and had no choice, but feared that he may end up facing legal consequences for his actions in shooting Foster to save the twins. The case is now in the hands of the district attorney to determine if Freeman will face any charges for coming to the rescue.
One neighbor, Summer Pierce, told the media:
“I think he did the right thing because who knows what would happen, because who knows what would have happened to the babies if he hadn’t intervened. They might not have made it.”
Ada police questioned Freeman, the mom, 12-year-old girl and others about the incident. Freeman was released after being questioned. The grandfather of the twins was glad that Freeman stepped in to save his two precious grandkids.
As it turns out, Foster already had a record, that of being charged with domestic abuse by strangulation and arson. He was definitely a violent man and chances are if he had not been stopped by Freeman, he would have certainly killed the twin infants and probably the mom as well.
Cash Freeman is a hero who did the right thing and should be hailed for his valor for being willing to get involved and save the lives of the twins. I’ve been in his shoes and know that I would have done the same thing to save the lives of those two infants. He should not face any criminal charges at least in my opinion.