CACHE, OK (RNN Texoma) - “It was like Afghanistan. I couldn’t tell you how many rounds he shot, but it was a bunch. It was a bunch,” said Cache Police Chief, Donna Kimmel.
Two people are dead and one Comanche County deputy was sent to the hospital after an early morning gun battle in Cache.
“It’s one of those things they teach you and tell you about in CLEET, that you could get a barricaded subject that’s going to shoot off hundreds of rounds," said Chief Kimmel. "I never thought I would see it, especially in a small town like Cache.”
Cache Police responded to a call around 4 a.m. about a possible homicide at a house near Highway 115 and Oak Avenue.
“When they get there, they find they have one deceased person, male, and then another lady had been shot,” said Comanche County Sheriff, Kenny Stradley.
The suspect was not at the scene, but Law enforcement found him at his home near Rock Creek and Quanah Road, at which point the suspect fired multiple shots towards them, striking a Comanche County deputy in the shoulder. He was transported to Comanche County Memorial Hospital.
“I’m just glad Deputy Perry is OK, because that was a really hard thing to see a young kid hit in the shoulder,” said Chief Kimmel.
Authorities said the suspect was shot and died at the scene after setting fire to his home.
“We spent quite a while out here dodging bullets and it was really, really something. A sad situation," said Sheriff Stradley. "I’m glad that no more people were hurt. We got several units been shot.”
It was not immediately clear whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by law enforcement. OSBI is taking over the investigation.
“It’s a bad deal for everybody. It’s a sad day for the city of Cache. It’s a sad day for all of us," said Chief Kimmel. "We did our job. We did what we had to do. I thank the Sheriff immensely and the sheriff’s department. We need to pull together as a family and help each other through this because it was like a war zone and people have died.”
Sheriff Stradley said Deputy Perry is recovering from this morning’s dispute and is, “doing good.”
Chief Kimmel said the suspect was known as a, “normal, quiet citizen,” and Cache Police had never experienced any prior problems with him.