According to the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Vaden, 95, shot Clinton McCormick of Van Buren, 29, on December 28. McCormick's mother works as a caretaker for Vaden. Deputies tell us he was visiting his mom at Vaden's home in the Central High area, near Sallisaw, when he threatened to kill Vaden. That's when, investigators say, Vaden shot McCormick in the face, killing him.
Sheriff Ron Lockhart tells FOX24 his office won't arrest Vaden because it appears he acted out of self defense. The sheriff has sent the case to the Sequoyah County prosecutor for final review.
Sheriff Lockhart also says McCormick may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the threats. McCormick's body has been sent to the Oklahoma State Crime Lab for an autopsy and a toxicology report. Those results are expected to take about six months.