Bokchito officer injured in exchange of gunfire
by By Randy Bruce
CADDO - Shots were fired at a Bokchito police officer late Tuesday after an on-and-off pursuit through the northern part of Bryan County.
The officer, whose identity was not immediately available, sustained an apparent eye injury due to broken glass from a gunshot, according to police radio reports.
The officer tried to stop a car for speeding north of Bokchito around 9 p.m., but the suspect fled east on Sugarloaf Mountain Road. At least three passing cars were forced off the road by the suspect, but no injuries were reported.
The pursuit was called off, but half an hour later the same officer was in pursuit of the same car but westbound on Sugarloaf Mountain Road. His car became stuck around Mossy Lake Road but a Bryan County deputy helped him out and joined the pursuit.
At approximately 10 p.m., the Bokchito officer reported gunshots fired and striking his driver’s side window at a residence on Freeny Valley Road. The officer returned fire, but was unable to discern if he hit the vehicle or a suspect. The officer said he had seven rounds left in the magazine of his pistol after the exchange of gunfire.
Law enforcement from Atoka County to Durant Police Department began to canvas the area surrounding Caddo for a dark- colored Mustang believed to be involved in the pursuit and shooting.
Bryan County EMS was called out to assist the Bokchito officer with his eye injury.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is assisting in the investigation. The suspects had not been arrested at press time this morning.
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