CHOCTAW, Okla. (KFOR) – McIntyre Law Chopper 4 was over the scene of an intense arrest Friday after a man allegedly threatened a meter-reader and produced a phony weapon.
Police say it started when a meter-reader was reportedly verbally assaulted by the man at the home.
Officials tell KFOR, “the subject had made comments to lead us to believe he needed mental health help. At one point, a gun was mentioned.”
Choctaw Chief Kelly Marshall said officers were prepared for anything when they arrived.
“He was very angry with our officers, threatened them and at one point said something like, ‘I’ll suit up too we’ll see how far that goes,’” she said.
At some point, a taser was deployed but didn’t make full contact, so officers converged and took him into custody.
Police also say the subject gave up a ‘rubber gun’.
Officials tell KFOR the man, now identified as 56-year-old Keith Edwards, was taken to the Oklahoma County Detention Center on complaints of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Threatening an Act of Violence, Possession of a Bulletproof Vest, and three separate charges of Violation of a VPO.
Officials say officers served a search warrant on the home of Keith Edwards in order to retrieve the bullet proof vest, and a gun was found in plain view near the bullet proof vest.
Marshall said the meter-reader has explained the alleged cause of the altercation.
“She’s shaken,” Marshall shared of the city employee’s current state. “The utilities reader had said that he was very angry. I think he has a very large past due bill, and that’s what the dispute was over.”
Upon that discovery, Edwards’ charges were updated to include Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and three separate charges of Violation of a VPO (for three separate permanent VPOs against him).
KFOR spoke with Edward’s ex-wife Sheila Edwards on Friday about her reaction to the events. She told us she has a VPO against him.
“Honestly, as bad as it sounds, it’s normal,” she sighed. “I hope he gets some kind of punishment or something for it. So maybe it’ll make him think twice before he tries to intimidate, bully or do anything again. He just thinks he can do whatever and it’ll be fine, and it’s not.”
Nearby Choctaw schools went into precautionary lockdown during the incident.
Thankfully, no one was injured.