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Man behind bars after weekend shooting

(Source: Lawton Police Department) (Source: Lawton Police Department)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A man is behind bars after police said he shot and killed another man at his home in the 2100 block of NW Lincoln Avenue over the weekend.

Authorities said the suspected shooter called 911 and told dispatchers he accidentally shot someone.

Sgt. Timothy Jenkins said officers took a statement from Bret Splawn when they arrived on the scene just after midnight on Sunday. In the statement, police said Splawn told them the gun accidentally went off just after he finished cleaning it. 

Police took him to the station for further questioning. 

"As they were talking to him, and they were connecting stories he told officers when officers first arrived on the scene, and then what he told them in interviews, they were able to find inconsistency's in the story," Jenkins said.

The victim, Donald Miller was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Splawn told them that he shot Miller with a .380 caliber gun.

Police believe they were the only ones in the house when the shooting happened and they said only getting one side of the story can make figuring out what happened more challenging for detectives. 

Sgt. Jenkins said things like, processing the scene, talking with whoever called 911 or was in the house at the time, helps them.

"So being able to do that and put together all those pieces and make them one big narrative by what happened when you get there and the evidence you collect makes it easier for you to develop those things and actually see what happened at that scene," Jenkins said.

He said they've seen cases like this before and the detectives were able to find the inconsistencies quickly.

"It's always a great thing to get it solved and get it taken care of,” Jenkins said. “That way it gives the family closure and it also gives the police department closure as well for solving this case.

Officials haven't released the motive for the shooting yet. Splawn is being held on complaints of second-degree murder and drug possession.

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