I am thankful that Freda knew to gather her children and run.
..."This has rocked the community,” said Jackie Jenkins, police chief...
MANGUM POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS HIS FIREFIGHTER BROTHER-IN-LAW, THEN KILLS HIMSELF, OFFICIALS SAY
By Ann Kelley - Staff Writer
Published: November 27, 2009
[Excerpts] An off-duty policeman shot his brother-in-law Thanksgiving Day and then turned the gun on himself, authorities say. Members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's tactical team late Thursday found Mangum police officer Brian Ditmore dead inside his home in the 900 block of W Tyler, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman. Brown said it appears Ditmore, 37, shot himself in the chest after wounding his brother-in-law, Mangum Fire Chief Fred Willis, 41. The investigation is ongoing, she said. About 2:30 p.m. someone in the home reported a domestic dispute between Ditmore and his wife. Police responded, along with Willis who lives nearby, Brown said. "When police arrived Mr. Willis was stumbling out of the house, injured from a gunshot wound to the stomach," Brown said. "A few minutes later there was a single gunshot from inside the house." Brown said officers tried for several hours to communicate with Ditmore... Willis was listed in fair condition Friday after getting surgery at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus. [Full article here]
MANGUM POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS BROTHER-IN-LAW, THEN FATALLY SHOOTS HIMSELF, AFTER DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE
Nov 27, 2009
[Excerpts] ...According to reports, off-duty Mangum Police Officer Brian Keith Ditmore, 37, and his wife were involved in a domestic dispute Thursday, and at one point [the wife] left the house with her three children and ran next door to her brother’s house and called 9-1-1. The woman’s brother then went next door and was going up the stairs when Ditmore was said to have shot down at him... Police, along with members of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, remained outside the home Thursday night. It was said that two different robots equipped with cameras were sent into the house, but couldn’t get up the stairs. Tear gas was then thrown into the house, around 2 a.m. today, and officers then went in and found Ditmore dead from a gun shot to the heart... [Full article here]
SUICIDE FOLLOWED FIGHT IN MANGUM
BY ANN KELLEY and SHIELA STOGSDILL
Published: November 28, 2009
[Excerpts] ...[Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica] Brown said it appears Ditmore, 37, shot himself in the chest after wounding his brother-in-law, Mangum Fire Chief Fred Willis, 41. The investigation is ongoing, she said. "This has rocked the community,” said Jackie Jenkins, police chief... "He was a good policeman”... Willis was listed in fair condition Friday after having surgery at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus. His wife, Shalia Willis, said her husband is recuperating, but said he has a long journey ahead of him. "This is a terrible situation all the way around. This was my brother-in-law, and he’s never really been like this,” she said of Ditmore. "Our hearts just go out to his family”... [Full article here]
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