Ellis County Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Intruders

Sheriff's department in Oklahoma confirms identity of teenagers who allegedly tried to rob Ellis County home

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013  |  Updated 11:43 PM CDT
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Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Suspected Robbers

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Two Intruders Shot, Killed in Ellis County

Two men shot by the owner of an Ellis County home they were allegedly robbing appear to have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, investigators say.

Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Suspected Robbers

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office says a Maypearl homeowner exchanged gunfire with two intruders as they tried to break into his home with his wife inside. Both men died.
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Authorities have confirmed that the two people fatally shot in Ellis County during a violent home invasion Wednesday were two teenagers wanted in Oklahoma.

The Pottawatomie County, Okla., Sheriff's Office confirmed late Wednesday night that Kenneth Chaffin, 17, and Dillon King, 18, were killed south of Maypearl.

Ellis County investigators earlier said that the duo appeared to have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds while exchanging gunfire with the homeowner.

The Ellis County Sheriff's Office said a homeowner in the 2100 block of Bee Creek Road exchanged gunfire with the two men. Investigators said his wife called him as he was pulling up to his home and said she saw two armed men trying to enter their house through the back door.

The homeowner ran inside, got his gun and then exchanged gunfire with the men.

Ellis County Sheriff Lt. James Saulter said the homeowner shot one man, but that it appears both died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

The homeowner sustained a superficial wound and was treated and released by paramedics on the scene.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office said Chaffin allegedly stole nine handguns, six rifles and two shotguns, as well as more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Saulter said deputies found a red pickup truck 200 meters from the home that was stolen in Oklahoma. A Pottawatomie County undersheriff told NBC affiliate KFOR-TV that Chaffin stole the pickup.

Deputies also found several weapons on Chaffin and King and in the pickup.

The medical examiner will determine their causes of death.

Saulter said the homeowner would not face charges in the incident.

NBC 5's Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.

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