Chickasha man arrested for assault with a tomahawk

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CHICKASHA, Okla. - Chickasha police are investigating an unusual assault case.

What makes this one so different is the weapon the suspect allegedly used.

“There was a dispute between neighbors,” said Chickasha Interim Police Chief, Shanon McClain.

The neighbors share a duplex.

According to the police report, the man who lives on the left went to confront the woman on the right about her barking dogs.

“He went over and he confronted the other neighbor and informed them that he would take her out and the dogs if necessary,” said McClain.

The victim called police telling them her neighbor was making these threats while waving around a hatchet.

 The next day police caught up with the suspect, Keith Vancamp, as he pulled up to his home.

 The officer asked Vancamp where the hatchet was and the report states that Vancamp said “Hatchet, I’m an Indian, it was a tomahawk.”

 “It apparently was important to him to make that known,” said McClain.

 When the victim filed the police report, she told the officer “she was scared for her life.”

 Police arrested Vancamp for assault with a dangerous weapon.

 They say, most of the time, the weapon in these type of cases is a gun or maybe a knife.

 They say the tomahawk is an unusual one.

 “We’ve had things like machetes and other martial arts style weapons that have been brought into the situations before.  I don’t have a specific recollection of a tomahawk, though,” said McClain.

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