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Investigators searching for clues in Talihina shootout, fire

The Associated Press - May 15, 2018 9:36 am

TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) – Investigators are sifting through debris days after Oklahoma troopers were hit by gunfire or shrapnel in a shootout with a man who died and whose home may have been booby-trapped to spark a massive fire.

The Poteau Daily News reports officials were reconstructing the scene Monday in Talihina, about 150 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Authorities say troopers were serving a drug-related felony warrant Friday when the man opened fire. He died at the scene and a fire caused by a possible explosive device ignited the residence and neighboring buildings. The suspect has not been identified.

Four troopers sustained minor injuries and a fifth was struck by gunfire in his ballistic vest. They were identified as Brett Stephens, Brandon Seward, Sammy Lee, Chris Bunch and Chance Tuttle.

 

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