Two Oklahoma officers recovering after being shot by alleged suspect
RUFE, Okla. – One man is dead and two law enforcement officers are recovering after a shooting in the town of Rufe.
Officials with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say officers were trying to arrest a man on Thursday morning after he allegedly was shooting at neighbors.
As officers were approaching Joseph Potts’ house, they say Potts opened fire.
A Choctaw County deputy and a Hugo police lieutenant were both shot during the incident.
Deputy Jeff Epley, with the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Ofice, was also hit but his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
A short time later, Potts allegedly set his home on fire, walked outside and attempted to grab an officer’s gun.
At that point, officers opened fire, killing Potts.