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Video: 2 Oklahoma Officers Shot, Suspect Dead

April 24, 2015  | 

VIDEO: 2 Oklahoma Officers Shot, Suspect Dead

Two law enforcement officers were shot and the alleged shooter, Joseph Leroy Potts, was killed Thursday when officers from several agencies were in the process of making an arrest in the unincorporated town of Rufe, Okla., reports KXI-TV.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Jenny Virden said a man there, who has now been identified as Potts, had fired shots at his neighbor's house. When the law enforcement officers arrived around 9:30 a.m., Potts allegedly set fire to his home and opened fire with a rifle on the officers, striking two of them.

Officers returned fire, killing Potts. According to Choctaw County (Okla.) Sheriff Terry Park, Hugo (Okla.) Police Lt. Steve Babcock is in critical, but stable condition. Choctaw County Deputy Jeff Epley's injuries were not considered life-threatening.

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R. G. Montgomery @ 4/25/2015 12:57 PM

Sounds far too much like 'suicide by cop'. Not there seems to be much alternative; the subject shot at the neighbors' house, set his own (rental?) house on fire and then injured two officers and attempted to injure others.

It is true. Someone needed to talk to this man. Someone needed to have a long, heart to heart, perhaps crying and hugging talk with this man.

But that talk should have happened long before the night in question. Preferably by someone who loved him. A parent, perhaps. A relative, perhaps. A teacher, a preacher, a friend.

This is really sad. But is isn't the cops' doing. IF (note the "IF") the police 'failed' him, they were only the last ones. No one dies in such fashion without being failed by a bunch of folks preceding the event.

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/25/2015 1:22 PM

Best wishes to the two officers who were hit and may you both have a speedy recovery. You were both ambushed by this man and it is poetic justice that he was killed in the process of defending yourselves.

Morning Eagle @ 4/25/2015 2:45 PM

Hopefully the two officers shot by this POS will recover fully. As for poor Mr. Potts, no doubt his family and friends will tell one and all what a truly gentle soul he was who "would give you the shirt off his back" so if those mean old officers hadn't antagonized him beyond endurance every thing would have been hunky dory.

AZBIGDOG @ 4/26/2015 8:08 AM

Apparently he had been talked to in the past and probably by more than one entity. I believe what should have happened was that the officers were delayed going and that the idiot should have set fire to his house sooner in order to have burned himself to death. More fitting end for a attempted murderer of Police Ffficers

TX Lawman @ 4/27/2015 5:54 AM

My prayers go out to the two injured officers on a full and speedy recovery and to the officers who were forced to take Mr. Potts life. Excellent job officers!

Marshal Mehlos @ 4/28/2015 3:04 PM

A heart to heart talk would have prevented this shooting? Hmmm..sure, just as his priors could have been prevented by a judge in 1998. Joseph Leroy Potts was arrested on suspicion of killing a Valliant restaurant owner, but supposedly_Choctaw County prosecutors lacked the evidence to formally charge him.

So, in a compromise of sorts, a judge set a relatively low bail of $2,500, which Potts posted. The man was a criminal and well past his time to stay free. I hope judges get the message for being so stupid.

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