Man Shoots Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy

Saturday, December 20th 2008, 12:40 pm
By: News On 6

DELAWARE COUNTY, OK -- Delaware County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Pike was shot in the hip around 11:30 Friday night by 51-year-old William Michael Demoss, of the Jay area.

Deputy Pike was taken to a Tulsa hospital. He remains hospitalized for observation.

Officers were dispatched to 456 Road, the home of Demoss' mother, Virginia Rose Logan, after it was reported two boys had been fired at by Demoss.

Deputies say a 17-year-old boy was shot twice with the .22 rifle, sustaining wounds in the hand and hip area. He was flown to the Springdale, AR hospital where he was treated and released. A 9-year-old boy was uninjured.

Deputies say the boys were walking past the Logan home when Demoss stepped from the front door onto the porch of the mobile home and started firing his weapon around 5:30 that same evening. Deputies say he gave no reason as to why he shot at the boys.

Deputies arrived to find Demoss barricaded in an outbuilding on the property. Once officers had secured the scene, a warrant was issued for his arrest. During the execution of the arrest warrant, Demoss fired through the door of the outbuilding toward the deputies, striking Deputy Pike in the hip area.

Demoss was again called out of the building and subsequently surrendered to the officers without further incident.

Demoss was arrested, along with his mother. Logan was arrested for obstructing justice and harboring a fugitive. Demoss has an outstanding arrest warrant in Delaware County for assault and/or battery with a dangerous weapon, a felony charge filed on January 6, 2004. His address is listed as Parsons, Kansas.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Department, Jay and Eucha Fire and Rescue, Jay EMS and the district attorney's office responded to the incident.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation was brought in for the investigation into the shooting of the officer.

Delaware County Sheriff's Captain Ron Teel says Demoss is being held on anticipated charges of three shooting with the intent to kill charges. Logan is being held on anticipated charges of harboring a fugitive and obstruction of justice.

Demoss and Logan are set for appearance on Monday morning at the Delaware County Courthouse.