An Altus man was taken away to Jackson County Memorial Hospital today, following and exchange of gunfire with Altus Police at 215 E. Liveoak that began late this morning. Altus Police originally responded the scene for a possible suicide welfare check, reported Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy. When three Altus Police officers entered into the home the suspect fired one round. One of the officers immediately returned fire with one round. Officers later learned that the suspect had been hit in the upper chest.
Chief Murphy informed that law enforcement negotiated with the suspect for one hour while the man remained in the house, who later surrendered and was treated by Jackson County EMS and transported to the hospital.
The suspects spouse was also on the scene but was removed upon the exchange of gunfire. Altus Police Department, Altus Detectives, Jackson County Sheriffs Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and other emergency services responded to the incident.
Murphy said that Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will continue an ongoing investigation of the incident.
Witnesses on the scene stated that the incident may have begun as a domestic disturbance, and that the man and his wife were possibly working through a divorce.
The name of the suspect and the shooting officer involved are being withheld at this time.