Standoff ends after suspect threatens to blow up a Stroud hotel

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STROUD, Okla. - It was a tense scene in Stroud Monday night after Lincoln County deputies got a tip that a wanted man was staying at a local hotel.

Gary Wayne Ward, 34, was wanted on an assault and battery warrant.

He had been on the run since bolting from a courtroom on May 14.

"I saw them and told them he was in that room. I was positive and it ended up being true," Matt Andrews, who is staying at the hotel, said.

Andrews was staying next door to Ward at the Best Western.

He says he knew something wasn't right about his neighbor.

"He never made eye contact. I thought that was weird. And then him having a hoodie and all covered up and it's 90 plus degrees yesterday. That just isn't right," Andrews said.

Deputies showed up at the hotel around 8:30 p.m. Monday night to arrest Ward.  However, he didn't want to give himself up.

"They saw Mr. Ward, he saw them. He took off running," Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said.

Ward locked himself inside his hotel room, eventually calling the front desk and asking to talk to police.

"He told officers he was barricaded in that room. He was not coming out. He had a pipe bomb and a high-powered rifle, and he'd blow the place up," Dougherty said.

This threat caused authorities to evacuate about 40 hotel rooms as a precaution.

One one point during the standoff, officials say Ward even shot at the officers.

Windows were shattered, but fortunately, nobody was hit.

When negotiations didn't work, more forces were brought in.

"So we brought in the SWAT team. The SWAT team deployed gas several times," Dougherty said.

Around 4 a.m. Tuesday, the SWAT team went into Ward's room and took him into custody.

"He was wrapped in a blanket, but he still put up a struggle," Dougherty said.

Ward is now in the Lincoln County Jail. Charges are pending.

A woman he was with at the time was also arrested. No word on what charges she'll be facing.


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