Two Bethel Acres residents were found dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds, including one inside the pickup stolen by a missing Pottawatomie County teenager, after a robbery attempt in northern Texas, authorities said.
The deceased were identified as Kenneth Chaffin, 17, and Dillon King, 18, said Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer.
Photographs of Chaffin and King were sent to Texas authorities, who identified them by sight, but the Texas state medical examiner will officially identify them, Palmer said.
Next of kin were notified Wednesday night, he said.
Chaffin reportedly stole a pickup, prescription narcotics, guns and ammunition from his Bethel Acres home Monday night.
About 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, a woman was in her Ellis County, Texas, home when she heard someone try to open the back door. She contacted her husband, who was in the area. The husband drew a gun on the robbers, who ran from the home, firing as they went, said Jo Ann Livingston, spokeswoman for the Ellis County sheriff's office in Texas.
Although the husband hit one of the robbers, he apparently died from a self-inflicted wound in an adjacent field. The other robber was found in the pickup stolen in Oklahoma, also dead by his own hand.
The husband suffered a superficial wound and was treated at the scene, Livingston said.
The incident happened about two miles southeast of Maypearl, which is south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Nobody had spoken with Kenneth Chaffin since Monday evening, said his father, Roland Chaffin.
“We tried Facebook, we tried texting, we tried the phone,” he said.
Roland Chaffin said that his son — who finished homeschooling in the past few months and worked at two Tecumseh restaurants — had never had any previous run-ins with the law and was not fighting with his family before his disappearance.
“Kenneth was a follower, not a leader. That's what we figure. He followed someone and got in over his head,” he said.
When the family arrived home, 17 guns and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition kept in a locked bedroom were missing, Roland Chaffin said. Because of the condition of the house, he thinks there was someone else besides his son involved in the theft. The pickup that was taken was going to be given to Kenneth Chaffin when he turned 18.
“My biggest thing is the family down there and what they're going through. ... I would have done the exact same thing as the homeowner. My heart goes out to them,” Roland Chaffin said.
“My son's not an angel. I'm not saying that he is. But the Kenneth we know was not capable of this,” he said.
“God is in control, and God is going to get me through this,” said Kenneth's mother, Brenda Chaffin. She declined to comment further.