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Man allegedly assaults 69-year-old homeowner, exits residence, then tries going back inside, but victim gets his gun — and shoots attacker dead

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The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported that a 49-year-old man late Sunday night entered a home in Bokoshe — which is near the Arkansas border — physically assaulted the 69-year-old homeowner, and left the residence.

However, the agency said the man soon turned around and tried to get back inside.

What happened next?

The homeowner — identified by an investigator as a male in a Poteau Daily News story — decided to act on his Second Amendment rights and grab a gun.

With that, the homeowner shot his younger adversary, identified as Ken Cosgrove, who died at the scene, the OSBI said.

Bokoshe police and deputies from the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident, the OSBI reported, adding that the homeowner was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the assault and was later released.

The OSBI said the investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.


Lt. Paul Moss, a LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department investigator, told the Daily News that the homeowner "has made the claim of self defense."

Moss added to the paper that his deputies responded to "a potential burglary or home invasion" on South Missouri Street, but that it turned into a shooting around 11 p.m.

He noted to the Daily News that the homeowner shot at the individual who was trying to get into his house — and who had assaulted him — as well as at people who were in a truck.

Moss added to the paper that when he and his deputies arrived on the scene, a man was "slumped over at the bottom of the steps in the front yard."

He also told the Daily News that while the driver of the vehicle fled the scene, officials "have a possible ID on the two occupants who were in the vehicle, which we’re not releasing at this time."

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