|| Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
A. DeWade Langley
Public Information Director
1/9/06 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OSBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Chouteau
Before 9 o’clock this morning (1/9/06) a Chouteau Police Officer and a Mayes County Sheriff’s Deputy drove to 306 Dugger Street in Chouteau searching for possible armed robbery suspect, Tracy Lee Whitecotton (dob 11/5/61).
At that location, the officers found a stolen vehicle parked outside the home. The pickup truck was reported stolen January 5th in Spavinaw. The next day a convenience store on Highway 412 and County Line Road was robbed at gunpoint.
The officers made contact with a woman living at the residence. She told officers Whitecotton was not inside the home. Moments later the officers found Whitecotton barricaded inside a room refusing to come out. The officers made entry into the room and confronted Whitecotton. The suspect pulled out a knife and began stabbing the deputy in the shoulder. The city officer fired his service weapon at Whitecotton hitting him once in the chest. Whitecotton was transported to a Tulsa hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Whitecotton has a long criminal history including several burglaries, indecent exposure, escape, and possession of a firearm after former conviction.
The injured deputy was treated and released from a local hospital.
The woman who denied Whitecotton was inside the home was arrested for harboring a fugitive and booked into the Mayes County Jail.
OSBI was called into investigate the officer involved shooting. Agents will collect evidence and perform interviews of all involved in the shooting, then prepare a written prosecution report for the county district attorney. That D.A. will decide whether the shooting was justified.