A PAIR of standoffs keep Tulsa Police busy

Wednesday, August 8th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police's Special Operations Team found itself involved in a couple of standoffs late Tuesday evening. The first was in the 500 block of east 27th Place North.

Police say a woman gave a man a ride to the neighborhood. Around 11:30 PM Tuesday, a disturbance broke out and the man apparently took some of the woman's property. He ran off and hides in a home. Police were called and the standoff was on. The special operations team fired tear gas into the home twice, and the suspect wouldn't come out.

So officers went in to get him. Tulsa Police Sgt Dale Dalgleish: "As the suspect was moving around he fell through the ceiling on two different occasions, they were finally able to locate him pin him down into one spot and take him into custody and bring him out." Police say the suspect had at least ten outstanding warrants for his arrest here in Tulsa. Charges are pending. No one was hurt.

Another standoff was taking place at the same time in South Tulsa. Police were called to a burglary in progress at an apartment. A search turned up no suspect at that time. But, a few hours later, security guards saw the same man break into the same apartment. They kept him pinned inside, and police were called.

Tulsa Police Sgt Bob Cotton: "He kept repeating that he wanted to die, he would not cooperate so we introduced some chemical agents into the apartment to try and get him to drive him out, that didn't work, we finally had to resort to going in."

The man was taken into custody. No one was hurt. Charges are pending.