The Caddo Herald
March 2, 1917
A.B. Howard Kills C. C. Crowley Tuesday
Tuesday morning about 8 o’clock Mr. A. B. Howard shot and killed C. C. Crowley, his father-in-law on the former’s place about one mile north of Pritchard store, nine miles east of Caddo.
The facts as near as we can get them are: Mr. Crowley bears a reputation of being irascible at times and several days ago ran his wife away from home; she went to Howard’s home nearby and this still further enraged Crowley, who vented his wrath then upon Howard, whom he threatened Monday to kill.
Tuesday morning while Howard was in his own field harrowing some land he saw Crowley approaching with a shotgun in his hand; Howard, while Crowley was still at some distance warned him not to come further, but Crowley came on and when about thirty feet from Howard, Howard shot with both barrels of his shot gun, loaded with No. 4 shot; one load taking effect in Crowley’s head; the other in his right thigh; death resulting instantaneously.
After the shooting Howard told some of the neighbors what had happened and came on to Caddo and gave himself up to the officers and was lodged in the city jail awaiting investigation by the officers who came from Durant as soon as they could.
Mr. Howard is about thirty years of age, bears a good reputation, and is liked by all who know him; it has been his habit to attend to his own business.
The affair seems to have been unavoidable; from the evidence, Howard shot in self defense and no doubt when a full hearing is held will be vindicated. That it should have happened is regrettable.