3 Dead After Mannford Shooting, Police Say


Monday, May 18th 2020, 12:45 pm
By: Amy Slanchik, News On 6


MANNFORD, Okla. - Mannford Police and the OSBI are working to figure out what led to the loss of three lives Monday.

"We don't know. We have no idea,” Mannford Police Chief Jerry Ridley said.

The OSBI said in a news release Mary Milam and Donald Langdon, who lived together, were both shot to death.

Mannford Police said after a neighbor called 911 and officers arrived on scene, they found the two dead outside their home.

OSBI said their neighbor, 83-year-old James Hancock, admitted to officers he shot them both. Chief Ridley said Hancock had a semi-automatic gun, which he turned on himself.

"We were zeroed in trying to get him to put his weapon down and come out and visit with us and talk to us. At one time we thought he might be willing to do that, then he apparently changed his mind,” Ridley said.

The scene unfolded on Ponca Lane, in the Lake Country addition in Mannford. James Johnson lives down the road and said he heard the gunshots between 9 and 10 Monday morning.

"I've got four kids and I've got all four of them in the house so just kind of protect them first, then I come out and see what was going on,” Johnson said.

Despite the double murder-suicide, he says he still feels safe.

"My kids come out here, they play in the street. Cars come by, they'll slow down. I mean, it's a safe neighborhood. Everybody knows everybody,” Johnson said.

Chief Ridley emphasized how rare deadly violence is in the community.

"This is our first murder since 2012. The murder that we had before that was 1996. So, we're not exactly overrun with this type of violence here in Mannford,” Ridley said.