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Man Killed After Reportedly Shooting Oklahoma Chief

September 14, 2015  | 

Clifford Butler Jr., 67, was killed by police after reportedly shooting and critically wounding the Pond Creek, Okla., police chief. (Photo: Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office)
Clifford Butler Jr., 67, was killed by police after reportedly shooting and critically wounding the Pond Creek, Okla., police chief. (Photo: Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office)

A law enforcement encounter with a McAlester, Okla., man turned deadly early Sunday morning, leaving the man dead and a local police chief seriously wounded.

At about 6 a.m. Sunday a homeowners in Pond Creek called police about a man trying to get inside their home, according to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The Pond Creek police chief, a Grant County sheriff's deputy and two Medford police officers arrived on the scene and began speaking with man, the Enid News reports.

Clifford Butler Jr., 67, of McAlester, reportedly was acting erratically, claiming people were in the bushes trying to hurt him.

When officers attempted to subdue him, he reportedly pulled a gun from behind him and shot the Pond Creek police chief at least one time. The Grant County sheriff's deputy returned gunfire, killing Butler.

Pond Creek Police Chief Tim Barwick was taken to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in critical condition. According to a family member, Barwick was later transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and admitted in critical condition.


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Morning Eagle @ 9/14/2015 1:29 PM

Good job by the Deputy. Our prayers and hopes go out to Chief Barwick for a quick and complete recovery.

kevCopAz @ 9/14/2015 1:35 PM

Bet the poor Chief was once again a W/M now killed by a B/M but of course this wont matter to the Press. When B/Ms kill they will blame insanity, guns or something else. When a Cop, especially a W/M cop kills a B/M suspect then its racial and abuse of police powers. This sounds like the suspect was just crazy, but with all the race baiting/anti cop "news" out there I will bet there will be more since these "crazy" folks just hear this crap and want to join in, WORDS MATTER, STOP Tall the anti Police/Race baiting reterick PLEASE!

Leonard Mather @ 9/14/2015 4:02 PM

Any time a suspect claims someone is trying to hurt him and may be lurking in the bushes, it is time to hypothesize paranoid thinking is afoot, and judging form the photo of 67 year old Butler, the hypothesis of Dementia is a probability. Paranoids will carry a weapon. It is best to "double team" such Perps and have one officer work his way behind him before cuffing attempts proceed. Looking like Fred Sanford can be deceiving.

John retired IA PD @ 9/14/2015 6:38 PM

Where is Black Lives Matter? Shouldn't they be condemning the shooting of the Chief saying that this in not the way to promote unity in the community. Or do they condone this type of behavior?

Kojack58 @ 9/14/2015 6:49 PM

Why was this man in possession of a weapon. I feel so bad when we have to take a life yet it is our duty to protect the lives of others and our brothers and sisters in blue. Stay safe all.

Abdullah @ 9/15/2015 8:35 AM

Ok first of all I knew this man personally and he was a kind good and decent person. Let it also be known that he was a highly decorated veteran of many combats in defense of this country that has afforded us all the freedoms to even make this comments about someone you dont even know. It is also a fact the he suffered from PTSD so at the end of the day what you have is a law official trying to do his job and unfortunately be wounded and a sick person losing his life because of his condition sustained as a result of serving his country proudly.
So we should stop painting everthing in a negative racial way and see it for what it really was, a very bad set of circumstances.

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