Pond Creek Police Chief transferred to Oklahoma City hospital

Ponca City Now - September 14, 2015 10:47 am

This release is from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation:

The Pond Creek Police Chief shot Sunday was transferred from an Enid hospital to an Oklahoma City hospital. He is in critical but stable condition.

The chief was shot by Clifford Butler, Jr. as officers attempted to subdue him. A Grant County sheriff’s deputy returned gunfire, killing Butler.

Officers responded to a 911 call from a homeowner stating a man was trying to get inside their home.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI agents investigate the officer-involved shooting. Agents will compile the information into a comprehensive written report and provide the district attorney with a copy. The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified.

Sunday’s officer-involved shooting raises the number of fatal shootings in the state this year to 25.

Last year, Oklahoma officers were involved in 23 fatal shootings. Looking at the number of shootings on a monthly basis, April surpassed all other months this year with nine fatal shootings. The second highest month was July with 4 fatal shootings.

In 2010, Oklahoma officers were involved in 10 fatal shootings, 13 in 2011, 17 in 2012, 15 in 2013, 23 in 2014, and 25 so far in 2015. OSBI has been requested to investigate 12 of this year’s 25.


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