LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The Lawton Police Chief says even with officers being shot all over the country, you never really expect it to happen in your own backyard. But now that it has, they're reminded of just how dangerous their jobs are.
As we reported Monday night, Cache Police Chief Donna Kimmel was shot twice while investigating a call of two men who appeared to be breaking into a shed. Both bullets struck the ballistic vest Kimmel was wearing, preventing serious injury and allowing her to radio for help. Around a half dozen agencies including Cache, Comanche Nation and Lawton Police Departments responded to the call, and are continuing the search for the shooters tonight.
"When an officer is in trouble, we're going to respond,” Smith said.
"Look out for each other,” Smith said, “one of the things we always push is make sure you're looking out for yourself but also looking out for your fellow officers."
"I hope it don't change their mindset because each and every day I want our officers to be alert of their surroundings,” Smith said. “There's no such thing as a routine traffic stop because it can happen at any given time and right here.
"Hope for the best but plan for the worst, so always planning,” Smith said. “Even on traffic stops or when you're making a call at a house, always have that little sense in the back of your mind that something could go wrong, so always be alert."