CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. -- When Logan County Chief Deputy Rob Groseclose got the late-night call, he knew something terrible had happened.
"It's been difficult," he said.
Long-time friend Brian Hayden was killed in an accident while responding to a "shots fired" call around 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Choctaw County.
His truck was hit by another officer's vehicle, also racing to the crime scene.
Groseclose said, "Law enforcement is a dangerous job. The most dangerous thing you can do is drive and we drive hundreds of miles everyday."
Hayden spent many years serving in the Air Force before turning to a life of law enforcement.
He worked for the Spencer Police Department and the Nicoma Park Police until recently.
Hayden and his new wife, Tabatha, relocated a few months ago to be near Brian's family in Southeastern Oklahoma.
His long-time friend told us, "That's where he wanted to be, close to his family. I talked to him and he always expressed a desire to go back home and so that's where he was."
Brian was well liked and well-respected.
He and is partner, Sampson, were among the state's best K9 teams.
Sampson, who was also in the vehicle, was not injured in the accident.
The other officer involved as been identified as 29-year-old Josiah Moore of Hugo, Oklahoma.
He was flown to a Plano, Texas hospital and is listed in stable condition.