Two overnight standoffs keep Tulsa and Sand Springs Police busy

Friday, April 27th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

It was a long night for area police following a standoff and a meth lab bust.

The first incident was in Tulsa at 2nd and Memorial. Neighbors called police about a bad odor coming from a home around nine o'clock Thursday night. One suspect, Jeremy Kruse was arrested when police arrived. But a second suspect locked himself inside the house. Tulsa Police officer Sgt. Wayne Allen "The original officers had the door slammed in their face and they're adamant that the guy was still in the house." Mark Rodriguez holed up in an attic but police eventually arrested him. Of particular concern were the fumes from the meth lab. Health officials say they were well over the safe limits. One officer had to be taken to the hospital when the fumes overcame him. That officer will be okay. The hazardous materials team was called in to help clean up.

In an unrelated incident, a standoff in Sand Springs early Friday morning, caused a few anxious moments for police there. Authorities say Randall Bernard got into an argument with his wife in Tulsa. Bernard fired a few shots, but didn't hit her and drove off. Police say they knew where he was going. Sand Springs Deputy Police Chief Carl Wortham "He had his family in his house his parents and children and about 4:15 this morning after talking with negotiators he surrendered." Authorities evacuated a number of homes in the area. They even fired a few noise grenades at Bernard to try and get him to come out. It took several hours but Bernard did finally give up. Charges are pending. No one was hurt.