Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson cried during a press conference on Monday while discussing his fallen officer
Sergeant Bobby Swartz was fatally shot on Monday while serving suspected shooter Benjamin Plank an eviction notice
Plank, has been booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center
He faces charges of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon
Swartz and two other officers arrived at the Southwest 78th Street residence around 1:15pm when Plank allegedly opened fire, striking two
The other injured officer is currently being treated at the hospital and listed in stable condition
After injuring the officers, Plank took off in a pickup truck towing a boat, leading police on a pursuit all the way to Tinker Air Force Base
He allegedly fired shots from a rifle at pursuing police as he drove down I-35 before surrendering at the Air Force base entrance
Swartz is the second officer hospitalized as suspect is captured moments after shooting at cops from his car during wild chase
An Oklahoma sheriff broke down in tears while discussing the loss of one of his officers, who was shot dead while serving an eviction notice.
Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson grew emotional on Monday while talking to the press about his fallen officer, Sergeant Bobby Swartz, who was the first deputy to be shot and killed in the county since 1935.
Swartz who received an award for saving a man run over by a truck in 2020 while he was off duty, was a 25-year law enforcement veteran. He’d served in the Army Reserve earlier in his career. He was promoted to sergeant in March.
Tearing up, sheriff Johnson said: ‘Law enforcement is a tight community and I’m so thankful they were screaming across for my guys,’ as he sobbed and turned away from the camera.
Swartz and another officer, who has not been identified, were shot by suspected shooter Benjamin Plank on Monday while serving him an eviction notice.
The alleged shooter, Benjamin Plank, has been booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on suspicious of first-degree murder. shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon.
Officers were serving him an eviction notice after a family member filed a protective order against him last month and asked for him to be evicted for owing $1,500 in back rent
Swartz, alongside two other officers, arrived at the residence around 1:15pm on Monday after a family member had filed a victim protection order against Plank last month, according to KFOR.
The homeowner reportedly tried to evict Plank for owing $1,500 in back rent and a judge granted the eviction order this week.
Following the shooting, Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson grew emotional on Monday while talking to the press about his fallen officer Sergeant Bobby Swartz.
Sgt. Swartz was fatally shot in the line of duty on Monday, alongside two other officers. One of the officers was also injured and is currently being treated in the hospital and is said to be in stable condition. The third officer was uninjured.
Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson grew emotional on Monday while talking to the press about his fallen officer Sergeant Bobby Swartz. Johnson wept as he spoke about his officer – who was the first deputy to be shot and killed in the county since 1935.
According to the sheriff thee two deputies were struck serving an eviction notice at a home – located at S.W. 78th and Youngs in Oklahoma City.
The deputies made contact with a person at the front door, according to Johnson. He said the deputies then went to the back door. Information was not provided on why the deputies moved to the backdoor.
A male suspect at the home was armed with a gun: “They went around to the backdoor, and that’s when the shooting began,” Johnson said. “[The suspect] shot the first deputy. The second deputy tried to get that deputy out of the way of gunfire, and then he was struck as well.” Johnson said.
At least one of the two deputies was able to return fire at the suspect, Capt. Valerie Littlejohn, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, said during a separate new conference at Tinker Air Force Base that began around 3:40 p.m.
Officers made contact with Plank at the front door before moving to the backdoor, where he reportedly opened fire. It is unclear why they moved to the back of the house.
‘They went around to the backdoor, and that’s when the shooting began,’ Johnson said at the press conference. ‘[The suspect] shot the first deputy. The second deputy tried to get that deputy out of the way of gunfire, and then he was struck as well.’
At least one deputy returned fire, according to the OKCPD Captain Valerie Littlejohn.
The second officer has been listed in ‘stable condition’, as he is receiving treatment at OU Health. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to get an update on his condition today. The other member of the three-man police team was uninjured.
After injuring the officers, Plank reportedly took off in a pickup truck that was towing a boat and led police on a pursuit all the way to Tinker Air Force Base, where he surrendered.
The suspect allegedly fired shots at police while driving down I-35 before his surrender. No other officers were injured.
A swarm of officers, all wearing protective vests, were seen pulling a shirtless Plank in the back of unmarked police SUV at the Air Force base
Plank has been booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on suspicious of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and the use of a vehicle in discharge of a weapon, according to KFOR.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook that it be leaving a patrol vehicle at 2101 NE 36th Street for anyone who would like to leave a message for the fallen sergeant.
‘We understand the community is sharing in our loss and we appreciate your prayers and kind words,’ the office wrote.
Governor Kevin Stitt also wrote that he had spoke with Johnson and offered his condolences to the force.
‘We are praying for the fallen deputy’s family and for the deputy still fighting for their life,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘I am grateful for @OHPDPS and the @OKCPD swift actions to prevent any further loss of life. Today and every day, Oklahoma stands with our law enforcement community.’
Tinker Air Force Base also wrote a statement, writing: ‘Our condolences and prayers go out to the members of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department and the families of the officer who lost his life today and the officer who was injured.’
Several other local law enforcement also offered the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office its condolences.
Officer speaks about shooting of police officer while serving eviction.