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Blackaby arrested for fatal hit and run

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LAWTON, Okla._Exactly one week after a Lawton man was killed in a hit-and-run accident the man believed to be behind the wheel is in jail.

With an arrest and search warrant in tow, Lawton police and U.S. Marshals swarmed the home of Bryan Blackaby at northwest 26th Street and Gore Boulevard and arrested him. Police also arrested Blackaby's wife for harboring a fugitive after lying to investigators, telling them he was not home.

Blackaby had originally been reported as telling officers that he would turn himself in. Days went by and the same promise was made, a week after Troy Magee was hit and killed, officers and U.S. Marshals went to pick him up instead.

"I spoke with him on Tuesday, later that day on the phone. He said he'd turn himself in, in about 30 minutes, he had to take care of some things which is understandable," explained Lawton Police Officer, Lt. Davis.

But Bryan Blackaby never showed up that day. The week was filled with several reports of Blackaby sightings all over Lawton, each leaving officers empty-handed until Tuesday.

"Sometimes if they're not willing to cooperate or turn themselves in, they're more of a flight risk and could be looking for a way to get out of town," said Lt. Davis. "We got some assistance from the U.S. Marshals. They played a great role in us locating where he was at today. It's a little bit of relief off our shoulders knowing that he is in custody."

As for Blackaby's wife.

"She claims he was not staying there when in fact, we had pretty much had a good feeling he was," stated Lt. Davis.

Lieutenant Davis considers this a success and he hopes it serves as an example for those on the run.

"As hard as it is, it's best to face the music and stand up for what you've done.

Now he's looking at possibly two felony charges," said Lt. Davis.

Right now, Blackaby is just being charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident. Lieutenant Davis says it's possible he could receive more, but it's just too early to tell. Blackaby won't speak to police yet without his lawyer present.

No bond has been set for Blackaby just yet; he'll sit in the Lawton jail Tuesday night before he's arraigned by a judge first thing Wednesday morning.

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