911 Tells NRA Mom ‘I can’t tell you that you can do that ‘: Okla. Mom Sarah McKinley Kills Justin Martin

Sarah McKinley and Accomplice

Sarah McKinley, 18, brutally killed Justin Martin with a single gunshot wound on New Year’s Eve. Martin visited McKinley’s door on the day of her husband’s funeral, several days before the shooting. He was a neighbor who wanted to say hello, but she didn’t open the door. The deadly encounter occurred about a week after the young mom’s husband died of cancer, according to TV station KOCO. Martin returned with a friend on Dec. 31, and they tried to visit the modest house. When McKinley heard the men, she called 911. She also holed up in her bedroom with a 12-gauge shotgun and a pistol, while she put a bottle in her three-month-old son’s mouth. “I’ve got two guns in my hand — Is it okay to shoot him if he comes in this door?” McKinley asked the 911 operator. “I can’t tell you that you can do that…” the dispatcher told McKinley when she asked a second time. The call went on for 21 minutes. Police found Martin slumped over a couch that McKinley had used and pronounced him dead on the scene, TV station News 9 reports. Martin’s friend, Dustin Stewart, fled when he heard the gunshot, according to The Oklahoman.

This post is written as part of the Media Materials Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Materials’ mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct gun misinformation in the U.S. media. Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism; the fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.


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