Police are investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting death outside a southeast Lawton home as a homicide but the police chief said it is too early to call it an intentional killing.
LPD Chief James T. Smith said that a man was shot to death in back of 1700 SE Skyline Drive around 4:15 p.m. Several witnesses were detained and taken to the police station to make statements.
"We're investigating the shooting as a homicide," Smith said.
Investigators have to look at mitigating factors and cull evidence and witness statements to determine what set off the deadly incident, including whether self-defense was a factor, before a determination of how to classify the death.
Police and other first responders were called to the address around 4:20 p.m. on the report that a man had been shot. Medical responders were held at the perimeter after police discovered the man whom police have not identified lying dead approximately 40-50 yards from the roadway in the back driveway on the home's east side. Police tape cordoned off the area and witnesses spoke individually with police. A man in his 20s or 30s was escorted in handcuffs from the back of the home and passed the man's body en route to a waiting police unit for transport to the police station.
Smith said no arrests had been made, but police weren't seeking any suspects who might have fled the scene. Everyone involved in the situation was accounted for, he said.
"There's nobody that we're looking for as of now," Smith said.