Retired Oklahoma police officer killed after hours-long stand off

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PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. – A retired Oklahoma police officer was killed after an hours-long stand off with authorities.

Wednesday night, Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputies were called to reports of an attempted suicide in Byng, Okla.

When authorities arrived, they found Steve Godfrey walking around the yard, carrying an AK-47, KTEN reports.

When officers approached Godfrey, the suspect reportedly shot towards deputies, hitting a patrol unit.

Godfrey then got into his vehicle and led deputies on a chase.

After crashing his car, Godfrey ran and hid in a nearby wooded area.

While authorities searched for the armed suspect, some nearby residents were advised to stay inside their homes.

Eventually, Godfrey came out of the woods with his weapon and allegedly threatened to shoot all of the officers on the scene, KTEN reports.

The sheriff says that when Godfrey went to shoot his weapon, authorities returned fire and shot the suspect.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to KTEN, Godfrey is a retired Ada police officer who has allegedly threatened law enforcement in the past.

 

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