Lincoln County Father Not Charged With Shooting Death Of Son


Monday, November 14th 2011, 1:26 pm
By: News 9


Chris McKinnon, News 9

PRAGUE, Oklahoma -- The Lincoln County Sheriff said the investigation into a deadly shooting near Prague is complete and the District Attorney does not intend to file charges based on their findings.

Lincoln County Sheriff Charles Dougherty said the whole thing started when 50-year-old Rocky Gregory went out with his ex-wife Tina and their son Jacob, who was 24. After a night of drinking, Jacob and his father got into several altercations that eventually resulted in the shooting.

"A male gentleman called and said he had just shot his son," explained Dougherty. "They pronounced our victim dead at the scene."

Sheriff officials said around 2 a.m. Sunday, Jacob kicked in his father's front door. In fear for his life, Rocky Gregory fired a semi-automatic gun at his son Jacob, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

"At 2 a.m. Jacob arrived at Rocky's house and kicked his front door open. Rocky, in fear of his own life, fired two rounds from a 25 automatic, striking Jacob in the chest and in the arm," Dougherty explained.

Rocky Gregory was taken into custody at the scene but he was released after question. Sheriff Dougherty said that Gregory was cooperative throughout the investigation.

"He was very remorseful for what he did and sorry he had to do what he did. He's pretty shook up over the whole deal."

In a brief conversation with News 9 on Monday afternoon, Tina acknowledged the whole thing was an accident. Jacob's best friend Sierra told News 9 that he was always smiling and could cheer her up whenever she was feeling down. Sierra said Jacob's best advice to her was to live life to the fullest.

The sheriff official said that after reviewing the investigation reports, the District Attorney's office decided not to press charged, citing the "Make My Day" law.

"Our preliminary investigation shows he was justified in what he [Rocky] did," said Dougherty.