Altus man shot during standoff - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Altus man shot during standoff

Posted: Updated:

ALTUS, Okla._Altus police responded to a potential suicide call Tuesday morning which turned into a shootout.

It happened on the 200 block of east Live Oak around 10:00 a.m. when police received a call of a suicidal man who refused to come outside. Once police entered the home, the man opened fire.

"Almost immediately they're met with gunfire from inside the house," said Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy.

Instantly, officers returned fire, hitting the man in the chest. But he still refused to come outside, resulting in a standoff that shut down parts of the street.

"The officers back out. We begin negotiations. Negotiations lasted about an hour and a half," explained Chief Murphy.

Finally, they persuaded the man to come outside and surrender. He is now being held at the Jackson County Memorial ER. It is unclear why the man wanted to end his life but officials say the man first called his wife saying he felt suicidal, prompting her to immediately call police. Although it was a bad turn of events, Chief Murphy is still glad no one died.

"It's fortunate that things turned out the way it did, with nobody losing their life," said Chief Murphy.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is now working on the case and the man is currently awaiting formal charges.


  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man charged with eluding police

    Man charged with eluding police

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-09-03 04:14:16 GMT
    LAWTON, Okla._A career criminal wanted for eluding local deputies during a high-speed chase is back behind bars.In July, Comanche County deputies chased Mark Ford through central Lawton. The chase ended near Tomlinson Middle School after Ford allegedly abandoned this car and ran away. Deputies and police searched the area along with a K-9 officer, but never found the suspect until late last week.Ford was charged Tuesday with attempting to distribute drugs, attempting to elude police, and enda...
    LAWTON, Okla._A career criminal wanted for eluding local deputies during a high-speed chase is back behind bars.In July, Comanche County deputies chased Mark Ford through central Lawton. The chase ended near Tomlinson Middle School after Ford allegedly abandoned this car and ran away. Deputies and police searched the area along with a K-9 officer, but never found the suspect until late last week.Ford was charged Tuesday with attempting to distribute drugs, attempting to elude police, and enda...
  • September marks National Preparedness Month

    September marks National Preparedness Month

    Sep 02, 2014 04:46 PM2014-09-02 23:48:58 GMT
    If your family doesn't have a disaster plan then now is the time to make one.
    If your family doesn't have a disaster plan then now is the time to make one.
  • Lawton enters Stage 3 water restrictions for the first time

    Lawton enters Stage 3 water restrictions for the first time

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:12:26 GMT
    For the first time ever, the City of Lawton will enforce Stage 3 water restrictions on its residents.
    For the first time ever, the City of Lawton will enforce Stage 3 water restrictions on its residents.
Powered by WorldNow
KSWO-TV, 1401 SE 60th Street
Lawton, OK 73501

Telephone: (580) 355-7000
Fax: (580) 357-3811
Email: news@kswo.com

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KSWO. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.