The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is reporting that, at about 6 o’clock Sunday morning, homeowners at 18533 U.S. Highway 81 in Pond Creek called police about a man trying to get inside their home. The Pond Creek police chief, a Grant County sheriffs deputy, and two Medford police officers arrived on the scene and began speaking with man, later identified as 67 year old. Clifford Butler of McAlester.
The report states that Butler was acting erratically and claiming people in the bushes were trying to hurt him. When officers attempted to subdue him, Butler pulled a gun and shot Pond Creek Police Chief Tim Barwick at least once. The Grant County sheriffs deputy returned gunfire, killing Butler.
Barwick was rushed to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid. There’s no report on his condition.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI investigate the shooting. OSBI investigative and crime scene agents responded. Agents will collect information from witnesses and evidence from the scene. A comprehensive report will be given to the Grant County district attorney who will determine if the shooting was justified. OSBI will not release the name of the deputy who killed Butler unless he is arrested or charged with a crime.