A 10-hour standoff between police and a shooting suspect barricaded in a northeast Oklahoma City house, ended peacefully at 6:35 p.m. — nearly two hours after police fired a gas canister into the residence.
Sgt. Paco Balderrama said police arrested 55-year-old John Ivory Thomas, when he finally gave in to police commands and exited the side door of his residence. The standoff began shortly before 8 a.m., when someone inside the house in the 3000 block of NE 9 shot police Sgt. Clay Williams, a 19-year veteran. Williams was struck once in the collarbone but not seriously hurt.
Police estimate Thomas fired 30 to 45 shots over the course of the standoff, however, no one hit, and police did not return fire after initial exchange. Thomas will face complaints of assault with deadly weapon, violation of a VPO and undetermined gun complaints.
The Oklahoman’s Ken Raymond, Brian Sargent and Augie Frost have been on the scene all day, you can find their latest updates online at NewsOK.com and a complete report in Friday’s Oklahoman.
Good evening I’m Dave Morris. A standoff continues between police and a shooting suspect barricaded in a northeast Oklahoma City house, even though police fired a gas canister inside about 4:40 p.m.
Sgt. Paco Balderrama said police forced a door open about 1 p.m. and pushed a telephone inside about 2:25 p.m. The gas canister followed, but no one has emerged.
The standoff began shortly before 8 a.m., when someone inside the house in the 3000 block of NE 9 shot police Sgt. Clay Williams, a 19-year veteran. Williams was struck once in the collarbone but not seriously hurt.
You can find continuing coverage from The Oklahoman’s Ken Raymond, Augie Frost and Brian Sargent throughout tonight on NewsOK. And a complete report in tomorrow’s Oklahoman.
Went out to NE 10 where the media is staging, or being stage, to cover the OKC police officer involved shooting. Took Tanner Herriott his laptop. Believe it or don’t, wifi at that area. That’s awesome.
Grabbed his footage from his drive, dumped it onto to my laptop, did a quick standup with Augie Frost from The Oklahoman and came back to The Oklahoman. Edited together a quick package for a noon update from the scene.
Myanmar’s isolationist regime allowed the first plane of a major
international airlift to land Thursday with aid for cyclone survivors, a
U.N. official said, amid fears that lack of safe food and drinking water
could push the death toll above 100,000.
Jim Stafford reports The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association drew on the
collective wisdom of grain elevator operators from across the state
Wednesday and estimated Oklahoma wheat farmers will harvest 149 million
bushels this year. Last year’s wheat crop of 98 million bushels was stunted
by both a late freeze in April and unrelenting rain during harvest.
Jake Trotter reports High definition video entertainment is coming to
Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Construction began last week on
dismantlement of the old scoreboard at the south end zone of Owen Field. In
its place before the start of the 2008 season will be a state-of-the-art,
$4.5 million high-definition video screen totaling 3,689 square feet.
Expect highs in the 70s today in OKC, there is a 20 percent chance of storms
National Weather Service forecasters haven’t confirmed if storms that moved
Wednesday afternoon through the Oklahoma City area produced two tornadoes,
about 10 minutes apart.
The Oklahoman’s Brian Sargent reports it’s likely that tornadoes will be
At 5 p.m., a storm spotter reported a tornado near State Highway 66 west of
the John Kilpatrick Turnpike in Yukon. The tornado lasted about a minute,
the storm chaser said.
About 10 minutes later, an observer at Wiley Post Airport told the weather
service there was a tornado three miles east of the airport. Damage was
reported near NW 63 and Meridian Avenue.
Only one injury was reported.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. reported about 160 customers with power outages
earlier this morning.
Today in OKC: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Tonight: Partly
cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s. Twenty percent chance of thunderstorms.