EDMOND, Okla. – An Oklahoma City firefighter was arrested Saturday morning after he allegedly attacked a woman and was spotted running naked through an Edmond neighborhood.
Several people called 911 Saturday just after 8 a.m. to report a man running naked down the street.
When officers arrived, they found Clayton Evans next to a park near the intersection of North Blvd. and E. Danforth. When he wouldn’t follow their orders, one of the officers tased him, and then it took two officers to get him into handcuffs.
The woman he was with that morning told police he was acting strangely, calling himself Jesus Christ. After getting out of the shower, he allegedly ran out of the house and down the street naked.
“She had tried to stop him. He got in a car with her and had assaulted her, punched her in the face,” said Emily Ward, the public information specialist for the Edmond Police Department.
The woman was able to escape but not without injuries on her face. She told police she believed he was having a mental breakdown.
However, police said Evans admitted he did drugs but wouldn’t say what kind.
According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Evans is an 11-year veteran firefighter. Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said the department will conduct an internal investigation once he’s released from jail.
“Anytime that we have an employee that is brought up on charges of any kind of this nature, we`ll look at every piece of evidence that we can,” Fulkerson said.
Evans was arrested on complaints of domestic abuse assault, obstruction of an officer, and indecent exposure.
Officials with the Oklahoma City Fire Department released the following statement:
“Oklahoma City Fire Department employee, Clayton Evans, was arrested by the Edmond Police Department on the morning of 9/21/19. Evans is a Lieutenant with the fire department and has been with the department for 11 years. Evans was charged with domestic abuse assault, obstruction of a police officer and indecent exposure.
An internal investigation is in progress, and Evans has been placed on paid administrative leave. Evans has no reportable disciplinary history with the fire department. He had just completed a 24-hour shift before these events unfolded. Personnel who were stationed with Evans stated that he appeared to be fine while at work; nothing unusual was noted about his demeanor, speech or actions.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department takes these matters extremely seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation.”