‘Paralyzed with grief’: Suspect in custody after man, 5 kids slain in Muskogee dwelling | Crime-and-courts

An investigator wipes his face after stepping out of the Muskogee house, where five children and one adult were fatally shot and the children’s mother was also shot early Tuesday.

Suspicion of mass murder

Investigators are working on the site of a mass murder in Muskogee on Tuesday.

Suspicion of mass murder

A man gives flowers to an investigator at the site of a mass murder in a Muskogee home for a makeshift memorial.

Suspicion of mass murder

A man and woman watch investigators outside the house in a neighborhood in east Muskogee where a man and five children were fatally shot Tuesday.

Suspicion of mass murder

Investigators are removing items from a house in east Muskogee where five children and a man were fatally shot early Tuesday. The children’s mother was also shot.


Jarron Deajon Pridgeon, 25, was taken into custody after his brother and five children were found dead in a house in east Muskogee early Tuesday.

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MUSKOGEE – The murder of five children and one adult early Tuesday shocked the city of Muskogee.

A 1:30 am report that gunfire had been fired drew police officers into a house on the 900 block of Indiana Street where they saw an armed man. A police officer shot the man but missed him, the police said, and the man fled on foot.

After a brief persecution, the officers arrested Jarron Deajon Pridgeon, 25.

Four children and a man – Pridgeon’s brother – were found dead in the apartment, and the children’s mother and one other child inside were injured. Everything had been shot. Three other children in the house were not injured.

The injured woman and child were helicoptered to a Tulsa hospital, where the child was pronounced dead and the woman – the children’s mother – was stable, police said.

The deceased children and men were identified as Jalaiya Pridgeon, 1; Jaidus Pridgeon, 3; Harmony Anderson, 5; Neveah Pridgeon, 6; Que’dynce Anderson, 9, and Javarion Lee, 24.

Lee is the suspect’s brother, police said.

Muskogee Police Department spokeswoman Lynn Hamlin said this was a shock and “very sad” for the Muskogee community. She said she had never seen anything like it in the 16 years she was in the department.

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