Claremore Daily Progress


June 29, 2011

Sheriff’s deputies end shotgun standoff

OWASSO — Rogers County Sheriff’s deputies and OHP officers were involved in an armed standoff near Oologah Tuesday evening with a shot-gun wielding suspect.

According to reports from the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s deputies were called to assist in working an accident around Highway 169 and Old Highway 88 and East 435 Road, being advised by dispatch that the driver of one of the vehicles had a “shotgun on the hood of his car.”

By the time officers arrived on the scene, the suspect had walked into the nearby woods, carrying his shotgun, according to reports.

Officers located the suspect and began approaching him, ordering him to drop his weapon as they did so — an order with which the suspect did not comply.

According to the report, other officers, including those from the Oologah Police Department who were present to assist, ordered the suspect to drop his weapon and he continued to refuse, saying he would “do what he had to do.”

Although the suspect was not reported as having pointed the shotgun at officers, he refused to comply with orders to drop his gun and “kept talking” about how “he didn’t want to be here anymore,” deputies report.

Eventually, sheriff’s deputies convinced the suspect to lay down his weapon and he complied, at which time deputies retrieve the weapon and found it to be unloaded.

During the stand-off, information was received by dispatch that the wreck was the result of “one driver attempting to run another off the road,” the latter of which was reported to have been the suspect.

“I spoke to the driver’s girlfriend and she informed us that the driver was suicidal,” said Jerry Smittle, deputy, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office. “She also advised us that he had kidnapped her and they fought over a loaded gun, during which time, the gun fired a round into the wall.”

Currently, the suspect is undergoing mental evaluation.

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