Police: Cousins Open Fire On Rookie South Coffeyville Officer

Saturday, August 15th 2015, 12:37 pm
By: Dee Duren

Two cousins are in Nowata County Jail after South Coffeyville police say they shot at officers overnight. Derrick Manley and Brad Manley were booked on several complaints including shooting with intent to kill.

Police Chief Wade Lamb said fortunately no one was injured - and the incident could have ended very differently.

"The officers did an outstanding job," he said Saturday. "They followed protocol, and I'm just glad no one got hurt."

Officer Shelldon Rivers was on his first solo night on the job when he was called to a "shots fired" call at 7th and Shawnee, Lamb said. When Rivers arrived to investigate, two men started shooting at him, according to the chief. Rivers called for backup, and when he turned his lights at the house where the shots originated, he saw two men run inside.

Police did not exchange gunfire with the two men because they ran inside, according to the chief.

Derrick Manley came back outside and surrendered to officers at the scene.

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"Brad kicked a window out of the bathroom and ran out the back of the house," he said. "We caught him walking down the street about 3 o'clock."

The cousins were so intoxicated, police said they haven't been able to find out why the two men shot at the officer.

"We're familiar with them," the chief said. "Hometown guys that had too much to drink."

Derrick Manley was booked on complaints of shooting with intent to kill, resisting arrest, obstruction and public intoxication. Brad Manley was booked on those complaints and eluding arrest. 

The chief said it was quite a first night on the job for Rivers, who had just completed field training and was patrolling for the first time by himself.

"He got some experience right off the bat," Lamb said. "Thank God they didn't have to shoot anybody."

Nowata Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol assisted South Coffeyville police.