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Crimes and courts

January 4, 2014

Deputy returns fire, kills man after 911 call

PRYOR, OK — A Mayes County man was killed on New Year’s Day after shooting at a deputy.

The Mayes County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call in the 1300 block of S. 425 Road around 1 a.m, Jan. 1.

The details of the incident are still being confirmed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as the investigation is still in the preliminary stages.

“The 911 call came in as a suicidal suspect with a firearm,” Mayes County Sheriff Mike Reed said, noting the emergency call was made by a female. “The deputy arrives on the scene and, I believe, as soon as he exits the vehicle the man begins firing shots.”

Reed speculates the distance between the marked patrol vehicle and the porch of the house where the deputy responded was 20 to 30 feet. The individual, Shane Bridges, was shooting a handgun, despite having former felony convictions prohibiting him from owning a firearm.

Within seconds, Reed said, Bridges had fired multiple shots at the deputy. The deputy returned fire, killing Bridges.

“My heart goes out to the family, it truly does. It's a tough situation that no one should have to face,” said Reed.

In regard to the deputy, Reed said he supports him “110 percent.”

“Our deputies are trained for these situations. He was in fear for his life so he returned fire to protect himself,” said Reed.

Reed said there is no specific protocol for deputies in these situations, as the situations are never the same.

“In law enforcement, we are trained to do whatever you've got to do to stop the imminent threat, using whatever means necessary,” said Reed.

The deputy is on paid administrative leave where he will remain during the course of the investigation.

“OSBI will give their findings to the district attorney declaring it justified or not justified,” Reed said. “Any deputy involved in a shooting will meet with the state-appointed counselor for their assessment. Once they are declared fit for duty, they return to work having received any counseling they need.

“This is an emotional situation for everyone involved. It is emotional for the Bridges family as they are dealing with their loss,” said Reed. “And it is emotional for the deputy and his family.”

According to online court records, In 1999 Bridges was charged with three separate felonies, two counts of stealing an automobile and first degree burglary. He was charged with assault and battery, possession of paraphernalia and driving under the influence of drugs, all misdemeanors, years later. In 2006, Bridges was charged with a felony count of second degree burglary, knowingly concealing stolen property and petit larceny.

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