Claremore Daily Progress


July 14, 2011

Standoff in Foyil ends in fiery fatality

FOYIL — Rogers County Sheriff’s authorities this morning  confirmed the death of a rural Rogers County man following a fiery standoff at his home near Foyil yesterday.

Deputy Jerry Smittle reported sheriff’s officers went to the home of Ronald Still, 57, around 3 p.m. Wednesday to serve a protective order against, filed by Still’s wife.

As deputies approached Still’s home, he indicated he had a weapon and warned them “not to come any closer,” as he was armed and would “shoot them” if they came after him, admonishing them with a “final” warning to leave “while they still can.”

Deputies withdrew to an area of safety, Smittle said, and contacted the Claremore Police Department, the Cherokee Nation's Task Force, and the Foyil Fire Department for assistance.

Smittle confirmed deputies later had two brief telephone conversations with Still, during which, there were prolonged periods of silence and at one point, he allegedly said he was “tired of talking.”

Deputies also had been in contact with Still’s wife, who confirmed he had “firearms and lots of ammunition” inside the house, Smittle said.

During the second phone conversation with Still, deputies observed smoke and fire coming out of a window and began hearing “popping sounds,” first thought to be fireworks, but later realized to be ammunition going off as it became overheated from the fire.

“One of the windows, near the AC unit, blew out from the heat, and we started hearing small explosions, which we knew to be rounds of ammunition, making it unsafe for us to enter the house and rescue (Still),” Smittle said.

After the fire was extinguished, deputies entered the home and found Still’s body, along with his two dogs, also dead.

They also recovered two AK-47’s, numerous other guns, and observed “hundreds of rounds” of ammunition and spent shell casings, Smittle said.

Deputies say Still and his wife had been married for 30 years, but had a history of domestic violence issues.

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