March 8, 2012 in Nation/World

Man shoots deputy, bystander in Oklahoma

Rochelle Hines Associated Press
 
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A man holds a gun as sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement surround him in Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday.
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TULSA, Okla. – A sheriff’s deputy, a suspected gunman and a bystander were wounded Wednesday afternoon during an exchange of gunfire outside a Tulsa courthouse, sending people scattering from a crowded plaza as an employee at a nearby library used his camera to chronicle the events.

Police spokesman Leland Ashley said authorities responded to a report of a person firing into the air between the Tulsa County Courthouse and the library. Deputies, including the one who was wounded, exchanged gunfire with the shooter, Ashley said.

John Fancher, a communications coordinator with the library, told the Associated Press that after hearing gunshots, he grabbed his camera and stood at his office window to take pictures.

“I see a guy barefoot nonchalantly just waving a gun in the air,” Fancher said. “I start snapping off some shots and he sits down, just casually sits down, gun in his hand and three sheriffs come out of the courthouse and I can’t hear what they’re saying.”

Fancher said the man turned around and stood up with his gun.

“That’s when (the deputies) did what they had to do,” he said.

Ashley said injuries to the deputy and the bystander did not appear to be life-threatening.

Authorities said Andrew Joseph Dennehy, 23, was being treated at a hospital, but his condition wasn’t immediately available. Ashley said he was considered to be in police custody.

Tulsa County sheriff’s Sgt. Shannon Clark said the deputy who was wounded was shot in both hands and both arms and was in surgery as of 7 p.m. He didn’t know the extent of the injuries to the deputy, whom the department didn’t identify.

Emergency Medical Services Authority Capt. Chris Stevens said one man was taken to a hospital in critical condition and two other people were hospitalized, one in serious and one in fair condition. A woman, who was not hit by gunfire, was “shaken up” and treated at the scene.

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