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SENTINEL, Okla. – Authorities say an officer is recovering after being shot early Thursday morning.

We’re told the officer was investigating a bomb threat that was made to the city’s school when he was shot.

According to the Sentinel mayor, a bomb threat was made against the Community Action Center around 4 a.m. on Thursday.

The Community Action Center is a head start program for children in the area.

The mayor says five officers, including the Sentinel Police Chief Louis Ross and deputies from the Washita County Sheriff’s Office, went to the alleged suspect’s home.

When no one answered the door, the mayor says the officers went inside the home.

When Ross was looking through the home’s second bedroom, he was shot three times in the chest and once in the arm.

Fortunately, officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol say he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

In fact, they say a Washita County deputy loaned Ross the vest just before they got into the home.

He was taken to a hospital in Hobart but is expected to be okay.

The school closed as a result of that threat.

OHP officials say they took two people into custody for questioning.

However, according to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials the man who shot the officer will not be arrested at this time.

“The man who shot and wounded the Sentinel police chief will not be arrested at this time,” the OSBI said in a release. “The man was taken into investigative detention this morning after the shooting. For the past several hours, OSBI investigators have extensively interviewed the man. Facts surrounding the case lead agents to believe the man was unaware it was officers who made entry.”


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