MRAP: Comanche County's new tool - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

MRAP: Comanche County's new tool

COMANCHE COUNTY, Okla._The wait for the Comanche County Sheriff's Department new military vehicle is now over.

The sheriff’s department received their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle at the end of last week. The department was able to get the MRAP for $2,500 from the U.S. Army. Sheriff Stradley says he is excited for all the possibilities the MRAP will bring to protecting the county.

Sheriff Kenny Stradley says it won't be in use for everything but when it is used, they mean business. Sheriff Stradley summed up in 3 words what a criminal will probably be thinking if this came to their house, "oh my gosh."

"If we got somebody in a house that is shooting at us and we can't get to them, we can get there,” said Stradley. “We can drop people off behind the house and pull around front and take rounds, drop them off in front of the house."

The MRAP is designed to withstand landmines so gunfire isn’t an issue. It also stands well over 8 feet tall and weighs more than 20 tons, giving it other uses than withstanding a possible shooter.

"A flood situation we can use it, it's heavy enough it won't go down a stream. We can launch out into somewhere and probably get someone that is stranded maybe on top of a car or something like that with this vehicle," explained Stradley.

The original price tag of the vehicle was still inside the door, $733,000. Getting it at $2,500, Stradley says if it can just save one of his deputies lives it is well worth it, but hopefully it doesn't come down to that.

"I think it is a great asset to the department. Hopefully we never have a problem where we are going to need it, but if we need it we got it."

The MRAP is being parked at the sheriff's department vehicle lot on 2nd street, south of the mall. What is special about this lot is there are many vehicles you don't see the department use often, but when duty calls the department has them, just like this MRAP.

Another factor that played a big role in getting the vehicle so cheap is that it is still property of the U.S. Army. If the sheriff's department decides they don't want it anymore, instead of selling it, it must go back to the Army.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Number of flu deaths this season in Oklahoma rises to 84

    Number of flu deaths this season in Oklahoma rises to 84

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:52 PM EDT2017-03-30 17:52:38 GMT

    According to a report released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the number of Oklahomans who died due to the flu this flu season has risen to 84. The increase of 16 deaths in the latest report occurred at the end of January to the beginning of February for the most part. The delayed reporting is due to late reports received by state concerning flu-related deaths. According to officials, none of those deaths had a positive flu test during the past week. 

    According to a report released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the number of Oklahomans who died due to the flu this flu season has risen to 84. The increase of 16 deaths in the latest report occurred at the end of January to the beginning of February for the most part. The delayed reporting is due to late reports received by state concerning flu-related deaths. According to officials, none of those deaths had a positive flu test during the past week. 

  • OKC mayor denounces sanctuary city label

    OKC mayor denounces sanctuary city label

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:43 PM EDT2017-03-30 17:43:27 GMT

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says he does not believe in the label of sanctuary cities. “Certainly, don't think it's being exercised in any broadly different way from one city to another.  That definition remains out of reach.  The practicality of delivering safe streets and neighborhoods remains."

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says he does not believe in the label of sanctuary cities. “Certainly, don't think it's being exercised in any broadly different way from one city to another.  That definition remains out of reach.  The practicality of delivering safe streets and neighborhoods remains."

  • Lankford defends Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

    Lankford defends Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

    Thursday, March 30 2017 1:33 PM EDT2017-03-30 17:33:19 GMT
    James Lankford (Source James Lankford)James Lankford (Source James Lankford)

    Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is speaking out against the democratic threat to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation. Lankford says Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed to the tenth circuit court of appeals by the nation's former top Democrats. 

    Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is speaking out against the democratic threat to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation. Lankford says Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed to the tenth circuit court of appeals by the nation's former top Democrats. 

Powered by Frankly