Man hit with pipe; suspect arrested

Parker Gray

A man was hit in the head with a steel pipe Tuesday during an altercation and the suspect was arrested.

Arrested was Parker William Gray, 28, of Ada.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. near a residence on County Road 3498 in the Pickett area.

Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies, EMS and firefighters were called to respond.

“Upon arrival, I noticed that Deputy Brent Rhoads had Parker Gray detained …,” Deputy Jacob Foran said in a report. “Deputy Rhoads advised that the individual that was hit was Brandon Owens and that he went back to his residence…”

Deputies responded to Owens’ residence and discovered him bleeding profusely from the head, Foran said.

Deputies described the wound as a large indention on the side of the head.

Owens, 35, was taken by Mercy EMS to Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, then taken by medical helicopter to an Oklahoma hospital and admitted.

A spokesperson for OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City said Wednesday that Owens was listed in good condition.

Foran spoke to another occupant of the house, Melissa Harbin.

“Harbin advised me that Owens and her had used methamphetamine earlier that day,” Foran said. “Harbin then advised me that Owens was in the bathroom of the residence when she noticed Gray leaving the residence with an amp that belonged to Owens.”

Harbin then reportedly told Owens that Gray had taken the amp and Owens went outside to confront him about it. Owens and Gray then got into an argument that led to Gray allegedly hitting Owens in the head with a pipe.

Foran spoke with Gray, who, he said, appeared inebriated.

“Gray advised me that Owens had gave an amp to him,” Foran said. “Gray then advised me that he did hit Owens, but it was in self-defense. Gray stated to me that Owens approached him at his vehicle and began to accuse him of stealing his amp from his house. Gray advised me that Owens began to hit him while he was sitting in his truck. At that time, I asked Gray if he had any bruising or marks on him to prove that Owens attacked him. Gray advised me that he was not hit hard enough to be bruised.”

Gray was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and taken to the Pontotoc County Justice Center.

Deputies reportedly discovered a clear plastic bag with a white crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia, at the residence.

Deputies arrested Harbin, 33, on suspicion of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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