Son of former sheriff killed in OKC shooting
The son of a former county sheriff has been named as a victim of a fatal drug robbery in Oklahoma City.
Jake McLain, 19, was killed about 5:45 p.m. Friday in a shooting at the Liberty Station Apartments at 2700 N Lindsay.
Multiple sources have said McLain, of Idabel, is the son of former McCurtain County Sheriff Scott McLain, who served in office from 2014 to 2016.
Police identified Jonate Jefferson, 22, of Oklahoma City, as the shooter and arrested him on a murder complaint, according to the affidavit. Elijah Wilson, 22, of Oklahoma City, and Seth Tisho, 20, of Idabel, are also in custody on complaints of first-degree murder.
Jefferson told officers he and Wilson attempted to rob McLain and Tisho of marijuana, according to a court affidavit. He said he pointed a rifle at them while Wilson demanded they turn over the drug, police reported.
Jefferson said he shot McLain as a struggle ensued, according to the affidavit. He and Wilson hid in a nearby apartment at 708 NE 27, where police found the suspects and the rifle minutes later.
Investigators reported that multiple witnesses verified Jefferson’s account of the shooting.
Tisho told police that McLain drove him to Oklahoma City from Idabel to sell 4 ounces of marijuana, according to a court affidavit. Both men had 2 ounces to sell, and each would receive $300 from a $600 profit, investigators said.
Tisho said McLain made a deal to sell the marijuana to a subject at the Liberty Station Apartments, and the victim was shot during the transaction, according to the affidavit.
McLain attempted to drive off after being shot but crashed into a vehicle, police reported. Tisho said he moved McLain to the passenger’s seat and drove to the center parking lot at the complex, where he asked for help.
McLain was pronounced dead at the scene.
Under Oklahoma law, a defendant can be charged with first-degree murder if a person’s death results from the unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Court records show no previous criminal charges for Tisho or Wilson. Jefferson had pending charges of second-degree burglary and concealing stolen property in a 2017 case. All three suspects remain in the Oklahoma County Jail without bond.
McLain was a 2018 graduate from Idabel High School and a starting center for the Idabel Warriors football team.
Idabel Public Schools Superintendent Doug Brown said in a statement the school district is “deeply grieved” to learn of McLain’s death.
“The appalling senseless act of violence cannot be justified,” Brown said. “Out hearts hurt for Jake’s family and friends. I want to offer my sincere condolences and those of the Warrior Nation.”