A man allegedly shot and killed a police deputy and injured another when the officers tried to serve an eviction notice in Oklahoma City on Monday.
Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson said Sgt. Bobby Swartz and another unnamed officer spoke to someone at the home’s front door before going around back where the suspect, Benjamin Plank, allegedly shot them. Swartz reportedly later died at a hospital while his associate was listed in stable condition the next morning.
“Law enforcement is a tight community, and I’m so thankful, they were screaming across the state for my guys,” Johnson tearfully said of state law enforcement showing support for his office, reports show.
Plank led police on a lengthy automobile chase, shooting at officers on a highway, according to the outlet. He was ultimately arrested at the edge of Tinker Air Force Base.
Authorities took the 35-year-old to Oklahoma County Jail, where he is being held without bail on several charges including first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and use of vehicle in the discharge of a weapon. Not long after Plank’s Monday afternoon arrest, Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Valerie Littlejohn said they were unsure if he purposefully drove to the base or “took a wrong turn,”.