The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released the names of the troopers who were injured during a “high-risk” warrant service Friday morning.
Troopers Brett Stephens, Brandon Seward, Sammy Lee, Chris Bunch and Chance Tuttle were treated and released from a Talihina-area hospital Friday afternoon, according to information provided Monday afternoon by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Investigators believe the suspect opened fire on the troopers with a fully automatic weapon as soon as entry was made, according to the OHP.
In a Friday afternoon press conference, OHP Cpt. Paul Timmons said that four of the troopers were injured “either by gunfire or shrapnel” and a fifth was struck in his bulletproof vest, which stopped the round from penetrating and “ultimately saved his life.”
The name of the suspect was not released as of Monday afternoon as information provided by OHP says that as soon as investigators can safely reach the suspect’s remains, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office will positively identify the deceased.
Talihina Police Chief Rodney Faulkenberry said two buildings were destroyed by fire after investigators believe the suspect had “booby-trapped” a building to explode, which set the building ablaze.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation released a statement Monday afternoon that U.S. Highway 271/State Highway 63 in Talihina will be closed “until further notice” at the request of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Investigators with the OHP, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the incident, according to OHP.
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