The Pryor Times

Crimes and courts

June 24, 2014

Man charged in driver shooting

PRYOR, OK — Witness credited with saving officer’s life.



Steven Jensen is being held on a $500,000 bond after firing shots, threatening to kill a Spavinaw Police Officer.

Jensen, 44, is charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and assault and battery on a police officer. He appeared in Mayes County District Court Monday before Judge Rebecca Gore. He was informed his charges can carry from 25 years up to life in prison. A special condition of his bond is that he cannot be released without an ankle monitor.

The probable cause affidavit filed in the case alleges Jensen was the passenger in a vehicle on County Road 447 when he shot the female driver of the vehicle.

The affidavit says Jensen “had a bi-polar moment and shot her” and that the gun belonged to her.

Spavinaw officer Bill Curtsinger was dispatched to the scene, only to be charged by Jensen who was said to be “acting irrationally” when Curtsinger arrived.

Jensen knocked Curtsinger to the ground, threatening to kill him and trying to get his gun.

Curtsinger allegedly feared for his life during the altercation with Jensen. A fast-acting witness was said to have “choked out” Jensen, saving Curtsinger’s life.

Jensen and the driver were traveling in a Jeep with Missouri license plates.

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