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August 18, 2013

Juveniles arrested in shooting death of Australian national

Baseball player, Chris Lane, was out for a jog


A young man was jogging on Country Club Road Friday afternoon when he was gunned down in a random act of violence. 
Three local juveniles are now in custody in the Stephens County Jail, on a complaint of First Degree Murder, confirmed Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford. 
Chris Lane, 22, an Australian national who was here to finish school at East Central University in Ada, was shot and killed at about 2:57 p.m. near the intersection of Twilight Beach and Country Club Road. 
Police officers quickly responded and an immediate manhunt was initiated to find the suspects whose names have not yet been released. They could appear in Stephens County District Court as early as Monday morning. That will be up to District Attorney Jason Hicks, who was at the scene Friday, along with officers from multiple agencies. 
A phone call from a residence at 111 W. Ash at 7:05 p.m. gave officers the break they needed. 
“The reporting person said there were juveniles there with guns and they were wanting to kill somebody,” Ford said. He didn’t say if the reporting person was an adult or juvenile. 
Officers responded and found three young men, ages 15, 16 and 17, near a Black Honda Civic, in the parking lot of Immanuel Baptist Church, directly across from the residence at Ash.
Ford said the officer reported the juveniles were uncooperative and detectives were also requested to the scene. 
A dismantled shotgun was found in the back of the vehicle, but not the gun that was used to shoot Lane. That gun has not yet been recovered. 
Initially, it was believed there were four juveniles involved, but the fourth one was ruled out and not believed to have even been involved. He happened to be at the area when the suspect trio was interviewed, Ford said.

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