Tulsa Deputies Shoot Inmate Who Reportedly Attacked Them In Dallas Airport

Two Tulsa County deputies were forced to shoot an inmate they were bringing back from out of state. They said the man attacked them, and tried to escape at DFW airport.

Friday, February 13th 2015, 7:32 pm

By: Craig Day

A Tulsa County deputy shot an inmate at Dallas International Airport during a high risk prisoner extradition Friday night.

The suspect was being extradited from Utah back to Tulsa through Texas.

Brent Taff, from Sapulpa, was being picked up by two Tulsa County deputies on a warrant for threatening a violent act against a Tulsa County District Judge.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's office said two deputies were bringing Taff through Dallas International Airport back to Tulsa.

While waiting on a connecting flight, one deputy went inside a restroom with Taff, while another waited outside.

Investigators say Taff suddenly came out of the stall fighting.

"Rushed the deputy from out of the stall, which caught him off-guard, and began assaulting the deputy, striking him several times in the face and the head," said Major Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy was able to get to his gun and shot Taff in the hand.

"At least one round off, that we know about. We're not certain how many rounds were fired," Clark said.

Investigators said Taff then ran from the restroom.

They said the second deputy tackled him, with airport police and TSA workers helping to get Taff under control.

He's now in the hospital being treated for the gunshot wound. The Tulsa County deputy is being treated for facial injuries from the fight at a separate hospital.

"We don't believe that any of his injuries are life threatening, we're hoping he'll have a speedy recovery. We do have a deputy with the suspect now. We have multiple deputies en route to Dallas to sit with the suspect until we determine what the jurisdiction is going to be," said Clark.

Taff also has pending court cases in Tulsa County that involve violating a protective order, threatening violent acts, stalking and kidnapping, in addition to a warrant for threatening a judge.

"Obviously, this kind of brings credence to if he's willing to threaten it, this one is willing to act," Clark said.

The name of the Sheriff's deputy is not being released pending the investigation.

Taff could now face federal charges.

The Dallas Fort Worth Airport Police will be conducting the investigation.


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