Kingfisher County honors deputy for ‘courageous’ action

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KINGFISHER, Okla. — Deputy Corey Thompson was honored by the Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office for action that was taken during a traffic stop in January.

Steven Andrew Smith, 37, was pulled over for suspected driving under the influence.

During the stop, witnesses say Smith was not complying with Deputy Thompson’s orders.

“He put them up to about his shoulders and then he went back down. And by that time, the other cop stepped in front and I couldn’t see,” one witness said.

But Kingfisher County Sheriff Dennis Banther says Smith “came out with a knife and immediately fixated on Corey.”

“After a final command of drop the knife was given, the suspect looked directly at Corey and said no. He took a breath, gripped the knife tighter and started to take a step toward him,” Banther said.

That’s when Deputy Thompson fired two shots into the suspect’s chest.

“A third shot was not fired because Deputy Thompson remained poised under pressure and noticed the man dropped the weapon on the second shot,” Banther said.

Deputy Thompson was subsequently given an award “for his bravery when faced with a deadly subject.” He was presented with a plaque for “courage in the line of duty” Wednesday, April 22.

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