Lawton shooting suspect faces additional charge

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 5:24 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 4:15 PM CDT
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UPDATE: In a statement from the Comanche Nation, they say the day of the burglary, a Tribal officer placed his personal firearm in his police unit while detailing the vehicle at his home.

And a malfunction with the unit’s key fob caused the vehicle to not properly lock.

When he returned to duty, he noticed his firearm and the magazines were missing.

The crime was caught on camera, and investigators say several people were able to positively identify the burglary suspect as Swearengin.

While he is still wanted for a shooting at the east side EZ GO on September 1st, the day after the burglary, Comanche Nation officials say, at this time, there is no confirmed connection between that stolen firearm and the shooting.

“The officer followed protocol the moment he noticed his unit had been tampered with,” The Comanche Tribal Chief of Police said. “There is no fault on him.”

If you know Swearengin’s whereabouts tonight, call the Lawton Police Department, or 9-1-1.

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - A Lawton man, who is still on the run for two charges of shooting with intent to kill, now faces a separate charge.

Lawton Police named Kenard Swearengin Jr. a suspect in the shooting which happened on September 1st, at an eastside convenience store. He now faces an additional charge of 3rd Degree burglary.

According to court documents, a Comanche Nation Police Vehicle was broken into the day before the shooting, on August 31st, and the burglar stole a 9 millimeter handgun, and three 9 millimeter magazines.

The crime was caught on surveillance video, and investigators say Swearengin was positively identified by several different people. It’s unclear at this time if that stolen handgun was the one used in the crime where he shot two men at an EZ GO store.

If you know where Swearengin is you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers, at (580) 355-4636, or Emergency Dispatch.