The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 16, 2013

SWAT team responds to Enid home; area locked down

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A 70-year-old man reportedly shot and killed himself Monday afternoon, in an incident that prompted a police response that included a SWAT team.

Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris said the area around the house in the Cedar Ridge addition was locked down until police were sure the situation was safe.

“He’d already shot himself by the time we got here, but we were trying to make it safe because he was still alive at the time the witness left the house and was still in possession of a gun,” Morris said.

The man’s name was not released.

The police SWAT team was activated and remained outside the home in the 100 block of South Eufaula, while officers gave orders through a loudspeaker for the man to surrender.

After receiving no response, they fired tear gas through two windows and made entry. At that point, Morris said, they found the man dead. An EMS team was escorted into the house but left a few minutes later with an empty stretcher.

Police cordoned off Cedar Ridge and did not let anyone in or out of the neighborhood through its only entrance. The rear of the home faces Garland, and SWAT officers could be seen firing tear gas and maneuvering in the backyard.

Garland was not blocked off, and rush hour traffic on the busy street continued to drive by during the operation.

Dozens of people gathered on the other side of Garland. Some live in the neighborhood and some said were there just to watch. As the SWAT team made its way around the house, a police officer ordered the crowd to back farther away and seek protective cover in case there were shots fired.

The scene was relaxed at approximately 5:30 p.m., and residents were allowed to either leave the neighborhood or return home. The area around the home remained cordoned off with police tape Monday night.