An routine early morning traffic stop turned into a potential deadly event for Okmulgee County deputies Sunday.
barry ledfordAccording to the Okmulgee County sheriff’s department, the deputies had stopped a car near the intersection of North 160 Road and Hectorville Road.
While they were conducting the traffic stop, a man identified as Barry Dead Ledford approached them. Deputies said Ledford was shining a flashlight at them and allegedly started shooting in their direction.
Ledford, 48, then escaped to a nearby tree line and disappeared in the darkness.
The Okmulgee County Special Operation Team (SOT) was called out and tracked him to a nearby house.
SOT officers were able to detain several individuals at the house and began searching for the firearm.
Once it was found, Ledford was arrested and booked into the Okmulgee County jail on complaints of carrying a firearm under the influence of alcohol, reckless conduct with a firearm, public intoxication and obstructing an officer.
Undersheriff Fred McGuire, jr., said the incident is still under investigation.
This was the second time in a week the SOT had been called to an incident involving gunplay.
Officers surrounded a house south of Henryetta the weekend before when an individual was said to have fired several shots at them. One person was arrested in that incident.