CHOCTAW — Two teenage brothers are charged in a series of cow and horse shooting deaths in Choctaw.
The boys, whose names were not released due to their ages, killed at least nine animals between May and August, police said.
Police Chief Conny Clay said the boys recently moved to Shawnee from the Choctaw area.
They were arrested at their home Friday and booked into the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Clay said he wasn't sure whether the boys, ages 14 and 16, had made bail.
The boys face multiple criminal charges, including cruelty to animals, larceny of a domestic animal, possession of firearms with altered serial numbers and burglary.
Clay said the boys killed at least six cows in his jurisdiction, using a bow and arrow on at least one.
He said two dogs, a horse and “another cow, I believe,” were killed near the Choctaw area.
The teens also stole a horse from a Choctaw veterinary clinic and several firearms, Clay said.
“I understand kids being kids ... but I don't know what was going through their heads,” Clay said. “I don't know why they did it. They never actually admitted to doing it.”
The police chief said Choctaw investigators got a lead from the Oklahoma County sheriff's office, which led to the arrest of the brothers.
How the boys' cases move through the justice system — including whether they'll be charged as adults — isn't known at this point.
“That's up to the DA's office,” Clay said.
Harry Waldrip, 63, lost four head of cattle to the shooting spree.
Waldrip, who's been raising cattle for decades in the Choctaw area, said he's glad the suspects have been caught, but that he still has a number of questions about the crimes.
Waldrip said his losses totaled about $3,500. He said he slaughters the steers for meat and that the two he lost “were pretty good-sized ... and I sell them by the pound.”
“They said there was a chance for restitution,” Waldrip said, “but I'm thinking it's somewhere between slim and none.”