MUSKOGEE–The suspect in the recent mass shooting that led to the killing of his brother and a 1-year-old child has been charged with first-degree murder.
Police said the 911 call made after the shootings was made by Jarron Deajon Pridgeon himself and it was that call that brought officers to the house where the six victims lay dead.
Mr. Pridgeon, 25, asked for emergency medical services to be sent to their location, a police spokesman, Lynn Hamlin, said at a news conference.
“The suspect came out of the home with a weapon in his hand and refused to drop it,” she disclosed.
He did not have the gun when he was arrested after a short pursuit, but a weapon has been recovered, she said.
Mr. Pridgeon was charged with six counts of first-degree murder, one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of possession of a firearm while on probation.
The Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said a decision on the death penalty will be made at a later date.
“I’m not going to talk about a motive,” the district attorney said.
Mr. Pridgeon is accused in the charge of fatally shooting his brother and five children the morning of Feb. 2 in eastern Oklahoma.
The victims were were identified as Javarion Lee, 24; Jalaiya Pridgeon, 1; Jaidus Pridgeon, 3; Harmony Anderson, 5; Neveah Pridgeon, 6; and Que’dynce Anderson, 9.
The three with the last name Pridgeon were the suspect’s children, their aunt said.
He also is accused of shooting the children’s mother, Brittany Anderson, 27, in the head.
She was being treated for her injuries at a Tulsa hospital.
Officers responded to a call about the shooting at 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.
Mr. Pridgeon was caught after a short pursuit.
Pridgeon is on probation for throwing a piece of cement at a woman in 2019. He pleaded guilty to a felony, assault and battery, for that offense.
He and Brittany Anderson were a couple and had “a great bond,” her sister, Raven Anderson, said.
“They weren’t perfect. They argued. All couples argue but it was never anything bad,” she said.
“This was completely unexpected. There were no signs, no indication that something would happen, especially this. They were a good couple.”
The two had five children together, the sister said.
Mr. Pridgeon had been working in Texas and just recently returned to Muskogee, she said.
“He was getting the house and everything set up because my sister and them were supposed to move out to Texas,” Raven Anderson said.
“I really don’t know what happened with that.”
Brittany Anderson was charged herself with child neglect the week before the shooting.
She was accused in the charge of exposing her daughter to drugs before birth. The daughter’s cord blood tested positive for opiates after birth, according to a court affidavit.
A GoFundMe has been established to raise funds for funeral expenses. By a day after the shooting, almost $40,000 had been raised.