Cheeseburger and shake end Shawnee standoff
SHAWNEE, Okla. — Shawnee police are very familiar with 45-year-old Timothy Gene Deathrage.
They said they have been to his home more times than they can remember.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said, “I’ve dealt with him all my career, 25 years.”
But when authorities recently came to his home at 707 N. Tucker to serve an arrest warrant for domestic assault and battery, Deathrage refused to surrender.
Frantz said, “He slammed the door and announced he had a firearm and he was not going to be taken into custody.”
Police set up a perimeter and began to negotiate a peaceful resolution.
According to Frantz, “The suspect said he was hungry so we used that as a tool to build a relationship.”
Timothy Deathrage was very specific; he wanted a hot and fresh Braum’s cheeseburger with all the veggies and a banana shake before he’d consider surrendering.
The chief negotiator raced to Braum’s and returned with his order.
When the suspect opened the front door to claim his dinner, the negotiator could see his hands were empty.
He took advantage of the opportunity, tackled Deathrage to the ground and ended the hour and a half long standoff.
Deathrage was cuffed and hauled to jail.
That cheeseburger was the only casualty in the chaos.
Chief Frantz said, “We were all asking, ‘did anybody pick that up?’”
Timothy Deathrage won’t go hungry; authorities said he’ll get three square meals a day in the Pottawatomie County Jail.