Wanette man jailed in shooting incident

A Wanette man was jailed Monday on a shooting with intent to kill complaint after his friend suffered a gunshot wound to the head during an alleged argument.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies responded about 1:30 p.m. to a home on Trousdale Road, about one mile west of SH 102 in the Wanette area.

The shooting victim, Randall Roberson, 53, had called 911 for help, Palmer said, and told dispatchers the suspect, Jerry Miller, 62, was still inside the home.

After calling to report his injury, Roberson flagged down a propane truck driven by the Wanette firefighter, who drove him to the end of the road to await an ambulance, Palmer said.

Deputies responded to the scene. Roberson, who suffered an injury along the top of his head, Palmer said, was taken by REACT EMS to Unity Health Center for treatment. Medi Flight was originally called, but wasn’t needed, Palmer said.

Roberson told deputies he was at Miller’s home when the two of them, who are friends, got into an argument. Roberson told authorities he was watching TV when Miller left the room and returned. He allegedly “pointed a gun and pulled the trigger,” Palmer said.

Roberson told deputies Miller was still inside the home with weapons. Deputies, along with the District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and tribal officers, set up a perimeter around the home and tried to negotiate with Miller, Palmer said, but Miller wouldn’t answer the phone or bullhorn calls from outside.

After about 30 minutes, Palmer said law enforcement officers breached a door to make entry, where Miller, who was reportedly asleep, raised up from the sofa and complied with commands. Palmer said Miller told deputies he didn’t know about anyone getting shot.

Deputies said they found a .22 caliber rille inside the home and arrested Miller on a complaint of shooting with intent to kill. He was booked into he Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Formal charges have not been filed.

While the incident remains under investigation, Palmer said it appears both men were drinking alcohol at the time of the incident.

New developments in Saint Louis shooting

An investigation into a fatal shooting in Saint Louis Saturday evening is continuing as detectives conduct interviews and await firearm testing to prepare the case for review by the district attorney, who may have to determine if the case falls under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Timmy Jordan, 46, died as a result of the shooting. Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Carnell said the shooting occurred in the Saint Louis area at 32290 Brangus Road, which is the residence of Ricky Wallgren Jr.
The investigation is still ongoing. Preliminary reports from the probe now indicate Wallgren was out in his yard when he saw a 4-wheeler occupied by Jordan and his 11-year-old son pull up to the gate of his residence, which had a large stop sign and a “no trespassing” sign, Carnell said.
Jordan and his son allegedly climbed the gate onto Wallgren’s property and walked about 155 feet up the driveway, Carnell said, with Jordan carrying a bag with a visible green leafy plant believed to be marijuana.
When Jordan confronted Wallgren, Carnell said Wallgren told Jordan to leave the property. Wallgren’s children were at home, but were told to go inside the house, he said.
During the confrontation, Carnell said it appears Jordan reached into the bag he was carrying and pulled out a .380 caliber pistol. A short scuffle over the gun ensued, resulting in Wallgren getting the weapon away from Jordan, the detective said.
When Jordan allegedly went after Wallgren, Carnell said the homeowner reportedly fired the pistol twice, hitting Jordan in the head. Jordan died at the scene.
Authorities are conducting interviews and following all leads in probing this case. Carnell said while the men were acquainted, the incident may have had something to do with a previous assault involving Jordan and a member of Wallgren’s family.
Sheriff’s investigators have sent the pistol to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for trace-testing and for fingerprint tests on the gun, the magazine and the bullets, Carnell said.
Because a homicide involves the death of a person at the hands of another, this case is being investigated as a homicide, officers said.
Wallgren has not been arrested in connection with the shooting, Carnell said, because this case could possibly fall under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. That laws specifies that people can use deadly force if they believe they are in danger in any place where they have a legal right to be. That same law also prevents authorities from arresting persons in these types of circumstances, Carnell said, so Wallgren was questioned about the incident, then released.
It will be up to the district attorney’s office to determine whether this shooting falls under the “Stand Your Ground” law, and whether any charges will be filed.
Sheriff Mike Booth said they are being proactive and following all evidence in this investigation.
“We’ll collect as much evidence as we can and submit it to the district attorney’s office,” Booth said.
Jordan was a lifelong Saint Louis resident. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Konawa. Watch for further updates as they become available.

Deputies subdue knife-wielding man with taser

Two Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies could have used deadly force late Monday night when a man with a large butcher knife charged and threatened to kill them if they wouldn’t shoot him first, but instead deployed tasers, a non-lethal stun gun.
Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said Deputies Eric Fletcher and Mark Burden were called to a rural home in southwest Pottawatomie County where a man was upset and allegedly “tearing up a house.”
When deputies arrived, Palmer said the man, 32, came outside and yelled obscenities at the deputies, then ran back into the house and locked the door.
Palmer said the man made reference to the fact that his brother was shot and killed by police in another state three years ago, and that he “wanted cops to come kill him like they did his brother.”
Deputies could see through a window that the man was in the kitchen, where he grabbed a large butcher knife and large grilling fork.
“He exited the door and ran toward the deputies,” Palmer said, then told deputies, ‘“I will kill you if you don’t kill me.’”
Both deputies told the man to put the knife and fork down. Burden drew his sidearm while Fletcher drew a taser weapon.
The man refused to drop the knife and fork. When he advanced toward the deputies and was about seven feet away, Fletcher deployed his taser, Palmer said. The taser, which fired a pair of barbed spikes into the man’s skin, had an electrical charge that rendered the man motionless long enough for deputies to kick the knife and fork out of the way and handcuff him.
REACT EMS paramedics responded to the scene to remove the spikes from his skin. Palmer said the man was transported to a hospital for evaluation.
The sheriff’s captain said the deputies handled the situation well and it ended with a good resolve.
“They could have used deadly force but opted for less lethal means,” Palmer said.
This is the second time in recent months that deputies were able to avoid using deadly force when faced with a similar situation.
In April, six deputies held their fire when a woman who had been threatening suicide pointed a weapon at them. After negotiations, the woman surrendered and dropped the firearm.
In the end, deputies learned the woman’s black pistol, which looked like a 9 mm handgun, was actually a BB gun.

Heat could be blamed for man’s death

A heat stroke could be to blame for the death of a Shawnee resident over the weekend. Capt. Travis Palmer of the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office said Wesley Todd Gwaltney, 46, died early Sunday morning at his home on SH 3.
Gwaltney had been outside doing yard work from about noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and then left for a short time to do some work elsewhere, Palmer said. He returned home and was reportedly “staggering toward the door,” he said. Palmer said Gwaltney was sweating and appeared red, according to his elderly aunt who lives nearby. She helped him get into the house after he collapsed in the yard, then treated him with damp cloths for heat issues, Palmer said. She reported that she couldn’t get Gwaltney to drink any fluids, the captain said. About 2 a.m. Sunday, Palmer said the aunt went to check on him and he had died. While it appeared Gwaltney died from a heat stroke or heat-related illness, Palmer said his official cause of death is still pending with the state Medical Examiner’s office. “We’re awaiting results of the autopsy to ensure cause of death,” Palmer said. Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner’s office, said Gwaltney’s cause of death had not yet been determined by late Monday; she said it could take a few days. Another Shawnee man died near Holdenville over the weekend, but it was unknown if heat might have played a factor in his death. Ballard said an official cause of death for Tim O’Dell, 28, is pending further test results with the state Medical Examiner’s office. As summer temperatures have been dangerously high during the past few days, crews from REACT Emergency Medical Service have received many calls for heat-related illnesses.
REACT EMS Clinical Operations Manager Robert Knight said Monday that paramedics responded to several calls for heat-related exhaustion over the weekend as many became hot and sick with the excessive temperatures. Knight urged everyone to take precautions in this summer heat. “Drink plenty of fluids and monitor your time out in the sun,” he said, adding many heat illnesses could be minor but can become more severe than a person realizes. There are three types of heat-related illnesses — heat cramps, heat exhaustion and the most serious, heat stroke, he said. A patient with heat cramps will typically have muscular pain and need to drink fluids, he said. When heat exhaustion occurs, it becomes more serious because the body has become dehydrated. A patient with heat exhaustion will likely have a headache, nausea, dizziness and vertigo and may have an “achy feeling,” Knight said. A patient with heat exhaustion usually has cool skin that is pale and moist because they are able to sweat, but they should seek medical treatment, Knight said. The most serious of the three conditions is a heat stroke, which can “sneak up” on a person and become deadly, Knight said. “The body’s cooling mechanism fails and the body temperature goes up so fast that it may damage the brain — and death can occur,” Knight said. A person suffering a heat stroke usually has dry skin because they’re unable to sweat; they become lethargic and need to immediately be cooled off, he said. Anyone suffering from a heat stroke will need an ambulance right away, Knight said. While the heat and lack of proper fluids can cause any of these heat illnesses, Knight said alcohol use increases dehydration, along with excessive exercise. Medical conditions, such as heart disease or those who take medications like diuretics for high blood pressure, are often more susceptible to heat illnesses, he said.
If anyone has trouble with consciousness or taking fluids, they should call 911 or get to their local emergency room, Knight said. Other signs of heat stress can include dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, throbbing headache, chest pain, weakness, mental changes, breathing problems, or vomiting.

Man jailed for allegedly stealing truck

A Noble man is jailed on numerous complaints including possession of a stolen vehicle after allegedly stealing a pickup in the Bethel Acres area and running it off the road miles away.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Capt. Travis Palmer said deputies received information late Friday night about a 2007 Dodge pickup being stolen while its driver was in a store at SH 102 and Hardesty Road.

The owner reported he had firearms in that truck, according to scanner reports, so deputies and law enforcement officers were advised to be on the lookout for the truck as a search began.

Deputy Ray Ingram, who was on his way to a call in the southern part of the county, was southbound on SH 102 about six miles south of SH 9 when he encountered a man walking in that area, Palmer said. The man appeared injured.

Upon further check, the man, later identified at Stephen Anderson, 49, had two loaded pistols in his pocket, Palmer said.   A pickup that turned out to be the stolen pickup that authorities were searching for was found a short distance up the road, and there was blood in that vehicle, Palmer said, which was consistent to Anderson’s injuries.  Palmer said the truck was backed into a ditch, so they believe Anderson was driving and lost control of the pickup.

Deputy Mike Carnell responded to take fingerprints from the truck, and deputy Joe McGirt also worked the scene. The owner of the stolen truck confirmed the weapons found on Anderson were from his pickup, the investigator said.

Anderson was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center on complaints of public intoxication, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of stolen property/vehicle and possession of a firearm after former conviction.  Anderson remained jailed Tuesday on $12,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled March 16.  No formal charges have been filed, but the case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office.