Suspect in manhunt shot, killed by police

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BYNG, Okla. -- Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian confirms an armed suspect involved in a manhunt Wednesday night, has been shot and killed by law enforcement.

The Sheriff confirms the suspect is a former Ada Police officer, named Steve Godfrey.

Christian says the Sheriff's Office received a call of a potential suicide threat on North Main Street in Byng. The Sheriff says Godfrey fired shots, with an AK-47 rifle, at a deputy responding to the call.

According to Christian, Godfrey then fled in a vehicle going west on Northwest 10th Street before crashing and bailing on foot into the woods.

Local and state law agencies used a drone and a helicopter to search for the armed gunman in the wooded area near a trailer home located near Northwest 10th and Robin, about a mile north of Main Street and Broadway.

Christian says around 9:20 p.m., "Officers there at the trailer observed the subject come out of the woods. They ordered him to put his gun down. He turned the weapon toward them to fire at them. And they discharged their firearms, killing the subject."

Christian confirms no law enforcement were hurt during the situation and there were no other injuries reported.

Agencies that assisted the Pontotoc Sheriff's Office included Ada PD, Lighthorse PD, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Seminole County Sheriff's Department and Hughes County Sheriff's Department.



 
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