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June 19, 2014

Witness saves officer’s life

PRYOR, OK — An unlikely hero emerged from a situation that was over in a matter of minutes. A Spavinaw Officer was aided by a witness who subdued a man with a gun.

At 4:38 p.m. Monday, a 911 call was made alerting authorities that a female driver had been shot by her male passenger in Spavinaw. Eyewitnesses say the man told them he'd shot her and told them to call 911. Spavinaw Police Officer Bill Curtsinger was dispatched to the scene on North 447 Road at 4:40 p.m.

As soon as Curtsigner arrived, the male subject, whose name is not being released at this time, began behaving irrationally, according to Mayes County Sheriff's Captain Rod Howell.

The man was yelling at Curtsinger, saying he meant to kill him. The suspect allegedly charged at Curtsinger, who was ordering him to stop. The man began fighting Curtsinger, attempting to get his gun, said Howell.

Two shots were fired in the scuffle.

“Curtsinger could be heard yelling shots fired and subject detained, over the radio at 4:45 p.m,” said Howell.

“A witness on scene said he choked the suspect out,” Howell said. “One of the first things officer Curtsinger said was the witness saved his life.”

The couple was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Howell. An armed deputy is standing guard at the male subject’s hospital room.

Curtsinger is on routine leave for the course of the investigation, which is being handled by Mayes County Sheriff's Office.

Contrary to other reports, Howell said, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is not heading up the investigation.

The bureau was consulted, but determined MCSO could take charge of the investigation as it did not involve one of their officers.

“Officer Curtsinger was bloody and bruised. He reported, as did eye witnesses, that he was fighting for his life,” said Howell. “We believe 110 percent at this point, looking at the physical and eyewitness evidence, that Curtsinger fired a shot defending himself.”

Upon his release from the hospital the male subject will be booked into the Mayes County Jail. MCSO is anticipating charges of shooting with intent to kill, a felony.

Howell said the department is not aware of any prior criminal charges on the suspect.

At this point in the investigation, Howell wants to clarify that the witnesses on scene did not know the male or female subjects. No information has been released on what prompted the man to open fire on the driver while in the vehicle.

The two are from out of state and were driving a Jeep with Missouri plates. Neither their names nor the nature of their relationship is being released at this time.


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