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Two Oklahoma teens fatally shot during botched home invasion, Texas authorities say

This photo provided by the Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Department shows Kenneth Chaffin. Two heavily armed teenage friends from Oklahoma drove hundreds of miles in a stolen pickup to a small town near Dallas where they were fatally shot during an apparent home invasion, a sheriff's official said Thursday, March 21, 2013. Chaffin, 17, and Dillon King, 18, both of Bethel Acres in Pottawatomie County, Okla., died Wednesday afternoon after exchanging gunfire with the owner of the property in Maypearl, Texas, Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said. They may have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Palmer said. (AP Photo/Pottawatomie County Sheriif's Department)

Kenneth Chaffin
AP Photo/Pottawatomie County Sheriif's Department

(CBS/AP) DALLAS - Two heavily armed Oklahoma teens drove hundreds of miles in a stolen pickup to a small town near Dallas where they were fatally shot during a botched home robbery, a sheriff's official said Thursday.

Kenneth Chaffin, 17, and 18-year-old Dillon King died Wednesday afternoon in Maypearl, Texas, Pottawatomie County Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said. Texas sheriffs said the teens exchanged gunfire with the owner of the Maypearl property, although they may have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Early Wednesday, Oklahoma sheriff's officials issued an alert for national law enforcement to be on the lookout for Chaffin, who they said ran away from home Monday. The alert said he stole his parents' red 1991 Ford Ranger pickup truck, a stash of prescription medication, 17 guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

According to a statement from the Ellis County Sheriff's Office, a woman was at her house Wednesday when she heard someone trying to open the back door. She looked out a window and saw a male armed with a gun and dressed in camouflage.

The woman called her husband, who was nearby and arrived at the house within minutes. He spotted the suspects, yelled at them and then got a gun.

The suspects darted from behind the house and toward a field, firing at the home as they ran. The man shot back and is believed to have hit one of the suspects, the sheriff's office said.

The woman called 911 to tell authorities about the burglary and that shots were fired.

Sheriff's deputies found one suspect dead in the field and the other inside the stolen pickup truck. Both appeared to have died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, the sheriff's department said. No one else was hurt.

Ellis County sheriff's spokeswoman JoAnn Livingston told The Associated Press that investigators were able to confirm through the license plates on the truck that it was the same vehicle stolen in Oklahoma.

Palmer said the suspects killed were Chaffin and King. They were identified through photographs and King had distinctive tattoos on the webbing of his fingers.

The teens lived about a mile apart in Bethel Acres, Okla., but authorities had no idea the two were together when Chaffin was reported missing. Palmer said King was not reported missing at all.

"We didn't actually know there was a second one until we got the call from Ellis County, Texas, that two suspects were killed," Palmer said. Authorities had no clue as to why the teens ended up in Maypearl.

Chaffin's father, Roland Chaffin, told The Oklahoman that his son was never in trouble with the law and had no family problems before he ran away.

"Kenneth was a follower, not a leader. That's what we figure. He followed someone and got in over his head," Roland Chaffin said.

Palmer said Wednesday that Kenneth Chaffin had taken nine handguns, six rifles and two shotguns from his parents' home.

"My son's not an angel. I'm not saying that he is," Roland Chaffin told the newspaper. "But the Kenneth we know was not capable of this."

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