Choctaw Co. man arrested for father's murder

HUGO, Okla. (KXII) - A 27-year-old man was arrested for the murder of his father Thursday night in Choctaw County.

Booking photo of Gunnar Hemingway (Choctaw Co. Jail)

Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park said they received a call that a man had been shot, off Fallon Road, Thursday afternoon.

When they arrived they found a home, engulfed in flames.

"His son had came into the house over some type of disagreement, disturbance and shot his father, then fled the scene." Sheriff Park said.

Sheriff Park said when deputies and an OHP trooper pulled the body out of the home, 47-year-old Rusty Hemingway, was already dead.

He said witnesses came forward, and tipped off the investigation.

"He took their cell phones, and told them, 'please don't go tell nobody.' They went straight to the Sheriff's office and told our dispatchers about the situation, and told them exactly who we should be looking for." Sheriff Park said.

Deputies tracked and located the victim's son, Gunnar Hemingway, about a mile from the scene, hiding in a wooded area.

Sheriff Park said Hemingway surrendered, and was arrested and taken to the Choctaw County Jail.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation, but Sheriff Park said drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

"One of them, or both of them may have been under the influence of substance." Sheriff Park said.

Gunnar Hemingway is being charged for counts of first-degree murder and first-degree arson.

"He was trying to say it was self defense, but then after a little bit of an interview, his story changed. And that's basically it, he didn't give a reason as to why, just that he did it. Did it to his father." said Sheriff Park.