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August 11, 2012

Men sentenced for gun battle and chase


Philip Michael Schrader, 25, and Clifford S. Webb, 28, were sentenced Friday for a gun battle that occurred on April 23, 2011 at the 400 east block of 9th Street in Claremore.
Schrader had additional charges after leading Claremore Police, Verdigris Police and the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department on a pursuit through Rogers County where Schrader opened fire on squad cars.
He was sentenced to 46 years in prison. Webb received a sentence of 39 years.
Early on April 23, Schrader and Wanda Michelle Ward, 25, dropped two residents, Tommy and Brittany Downing, off at the home, said Claremore Investigator John Singer who was called to the stand during the court hearing. 
Schrader pulled a Glock 9mm handgun on the Downings and proceeded to fire, said Singer. There were no injuries.
On the morning of April 25, Webb, Schrader and Ward returned to the home which officers had responded to from reports that shots were being fired.  
Singer’s investigation showed that Webb and Schrader went back to the Downing house where Webb proceeded to open a closed window and then held Tommy and Brittany Downing at gun point, allowing Philip Schrader through a door.
Both attempted to rob them of an X-Box and accompany Tommy Downing to Tulsa to satisfy a drug debt.  
A neighbor called the police, aware of the incident that occurred before.  
An officer arrived and noticed the vehicle fit the description of the one given by the Downings in the shooting attempted nearly two days earlier, said Singer.
The officer, Mark Bailey, attempted to make a traffic stop as the vehicle left the scene near Highway 20. Ward was the driver and Schrader was the passenger.
As Bailey stopped them and exited his squad car, Ward sped away with Schrader, starting a pursuit.  The pursuit went east on Highway 20 and exited the turnpike, heading towards Tulsa then back towards Claremore on SH 66, he said.

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