MESSER, Okla. (KXII) -- A man was shot dead in front of the home where his ex-wife was staying in the small Choctaw County community of Messer. News 12's Michael Deere explains what investigators say led up to the shooting and why no one has been arrested.
The small, quiet community of Messer is still in shock after a shooting Tuesday night left one man dead.
Sheriff Terry Park says a 911 call of a gunshot victim came in just before 6:30 p.m. off of State Highway 93.
"Upon us responding, we found one Rattan man deceased in the roadway. His name is Daniel Ray Martin," Park said.
Highway 93 was shut down for over four hours while the sheriff's office and OSBI investigated the shooting.
During the investigation, authorities were told that Martin had a physical altercation with his ex-wife, who was at the home, and with the homeowner, 65-year-old Michael Forbus.
"The homeowner and Mr Martin's estranged ex-wife, gave statements to the effect that they had been assaulted by Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin was asked to leave several times and refused to do so and made an advancement towards Michael Forbus. One shot struck Mr. Martin and he ran out from the yard into the roadway and expired there at that location," Park added.
Park says Martin had been at the home for a few days and that alcohol was involved.
"He had been staying there for a few days and one of the women there was his ex-wife and through investigations last night it seems that he has assaulted her throughout the day," Park told News 12.
Park says the investigation is on-going and that no arrests have been made at this time.
"Alcohol played a big factor in it and we have been out to that location numerous times over disturbances," Park exclaimed.
Martin's body has been sent to Tulsa for an autopsy.