The Pryor Times

December 31, 2013

Woman shoots man by mistake

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Authorities responded to a 911 call Sunday night reporting a woman had shot a man in the leg.

Radio traffic reported spotting the wounded man walking down the street up to two blocks away. The man was located minutes later, around 8:30 p.m. on Whitaker Street in Pryor.

The victim, Jesse Ward, allegedly caught Deborah Barringer off guard when he approached her home causing her to fire a .22 revolver, shooting him in the leg. Ward then left the residence, walking two blocks back to his own home. Reports indicate Barringer then called 911 to report Ward's injury, resulting in her arrest.

Barringer appeared in Mayes County District Court for arraignment Monday, with felony charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Before Judge Rebecca Gore, who presided over arraignments, could inform the defendant of her rights, Ward stood and introduced himself as the alleged victim. He asked the court if he could speak. Judge Gore asked him to wait.

Barringer, 46, was told her charges can carry up to 20 years in prison. Her case was continued to Feb. 13 at 9:30. Bond on the case was set at $100,000 and she was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Barringer appeared tearful but calm during the precedings.

“But if I'm not pressing charges,” Ward started to protest.

“Again, Mr. Ward, you are not filing charges, the state of Oklahoma is,” Gore said.

Barringer was ordered to appear on Feb. 13 with an attorney, whether she has posted the $100,000 bond or not.

Online court records do not show any prior criminal records for Barringer. Ward, however, has prior felony and misdemeanor counts in Mayes County. Ward has been charged with false declaration to a pawn broker, uttering a forged instrument, driving while impaired, possession of paraphernalia, burning during emergency drought conditions, petit larceny and public intoxication.