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Four dead in Oklahoma hostage situation


Oklahoma authorities are searching for a killer after deputies responding to a hostage call found four people dead and another injured at an apparent marijuana farm.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a brief statement that Sunday’s incident in Kingfisher County, northwest of Oklahoma City, is being investigated as a quadruple homicide. The agency said no suspicious information was available. He has not publicly identified the victims or revealed how they were killed.

The Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office referred questions about the case to the Bureau of State Investigation. Brook Arbeitman, head of public information for the state agency, said more details are expected to be released on Tuesday.

Local television station KFOR reported that the 10-acre farm appeared to be a marijuana grow operation, citing State Bureau of Investigation Capt. Stan Florence. Voters in the state legalized medical marijuana in 2018.

Deputies from the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office initially responded to a call about a hostage incident along North 2760 Road, west of Hennessey.

“When they arrived, the situation had become deadly,” Florence told KFOR.

The sheriff’s office has requested assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation. Authorities spent Sunday and part of Monday going door to door and using helicopters and drones to search the farm, KFOR reported.

Florence told KFOR that investigators believed the killer and victims knew each other.

“I don’t know if they’re related, I don’t know if they were colleagues, but, certainly, these people, or we think, all know each other,” he said.


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