POND CREEK, Okla._An Oklahoma police chief is in a medically-induced coma in an Oklahoma city hospital after being shot by a man officers say was acting erratically.
Pond Creek Police Chief Tim Barwick, along with other officers, responded to a call on the 18000 block of U.S. 81 about a man trying to break into a home in Pond Creek Sunday morning. When officers got there, they found 67-year-old Clifford Butler Jr. of McAlester in the front yard saying people were in the bushes trying to hurt him.
While the officers were trying to calm Bulter down, he pulled a gun from behind him and shot Barwick once. A Grant County sheriff deputy returned fire, killing Butler. Barwick's condition is critical, but he's stable. Barwick has been the police chief for about 19 years and is a retired firefighter.
Butler's nephew says his uncle was a veteran who served in Vietnam and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Grant County sheriff deputy who shot Butler, his name will not be released unless an arrest is made or charges are filed. After the investigation, the Grant County District Attorney will determine if 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. April 2015 surpassed all other months this year with nine fatal shootings. The second highest month was July with four fatal shootings. In 2010, Oklahoma officers were involved in 10 fatality shootings, 13 in 2011, 17 in 2012, 15 in 2013, 23 in 2014, and 25 so far in 2015.