ADA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was trying to drown his infant 3-month-old twin son and daughter in southeastern Oklahoma was fatally shot by a neighbor.

City of Ada spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher told reporters that 27-year-old Leland Foster of Poteau died after being shot Friday after a 12-year-old ran from the home to the neighbor for help.

READ MORE: Biden Administration Reverses Trump Policy, Restores Transgender Health Protections

Bratcher did not immediately return a phone call for comment Sunday.

READ MORE: Dallas Man Detoderick Jawayne Gaston Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge After Child Dies In Crash

Bratcher said the neighbor told police he went to the home armed with a handgun and shot Foster twice after seeing him holding the infants under water in a bathtub while threatening the children’s mother with a knife.

Bratcher said the children were taken to a hospital in stable condition and the neighbor was questioned and released by police.

MORE NEWS: Alleged Bank Robber Arrested, Charged Following Fingerprint Analysis

(© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)