- Published on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:05
POLICE ARREST AARON MITCHELL STIGLEMAN, 26
An Elk City woman was shot and killed Wednesday morning, and her son is the primary suspect.
Elk City police were called to a residence at 609 West Ave. D at about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning regarding a possible shooting. A woman told dispatchers that someone had been injured and a gun was involved.
When officers arrived they saw a man running naked through the snow behind the residence, which is situated in the middle of the 600 block on the north side of Ave. D. Officers chased the man on foot and tackled him, eventually using a taser to subdue the man so they could place him in custody.
His name is Aaron Mitchell Stigleman, 26, a resident of Elk City.
Police said the woman who made the initial report had fled across the street to the south, where officers found her. Police say the woman was distraught and that she told them there was a woman inside the residence who had been hurt.
When officers entered the residence, they found Karen Stigleman, 56, dead in a bedroom in the house. Police said it appeared she had been shot in the head and there were two weapons in the room. One appeared to be a .45 caliber handgun. The other appeared to be a .223 semi-automatic rifle.
The man taken into custody was the woman's son, police said. Police said the son is the primary suspect in the case, and he could face complaints for murder and possibly for kidnapping.
Police said the kidnapping complaint may be pursued due to statements from the female witness. She reportedly told officers that it had taken her an hour to get out of the residence after the shooting occurred. Officers said they were trying to determine whether the suspect may have held her in the residence against her will.
Officers could not say for certain why the man was running from the crime scene naked.
Police secured a large area with crime scene tape, covering almost an entire block. The large area cordoned off was apparently due to tracks in the snow officers believe may have belonged to the suspect and the witness.
Shortly before noon Wednesday, officers had secured the scene and were awaiting the medical examiner. In most cases a medical examiner has to be called from as far as two hours away.
The Elk City Junior High and Middle Schools, and the nearby Adult Education building were put on lockdown for about 10 minutes while officers searched for the suspect. Superintendent Buddy Wood said no students were in danger.
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