Wounded trooper released from hospital

Monday, September 27th 1999, 12:00 am

By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper John
"Buddy" Hamilton has been released from a Tulsa hospital after
being wounded in a shooting in which a fellow trooper was killed.

Hamilton, who was shot during a drug raid near Sallisaw on
Friday, was released from the hospital on Sunday.

The 39-year-old trooper was hit in the eye and shoulder by
fragments of glass and bullets when officers went to arrest Kenneth
Eugene Barrett.

Trooper David "Rocky" Eales died when he was struck by a
bullet under his right arm, an area not protected by his
bulletproof vest. The bullet went through his chest and out his
left side.

Barrett, 38, was also shot. He was treated at a Tulsa hospital
before being transferred on Saturday to the Sallisaw City jail.
Barrett suffered gunshot wounds to his thigh, buttock and knee.

Authorities also took Barrett's 18-year-old son in custody. Toby
Barrett was found in a shed west of the house. It has not been
determined if the son was involved in the shootings.

An aunt said the son had been living with his father for six
weeks and was an honor student.

Several troopers and the district attorney's drug task force had
gone to Barrett's house to execute a search warrant and to arrest

Troopers have issued a warning against sending donations to
anyone soliciting money over the telephone for a memorial fund for
the slain trooper. The patrol does not solicit funds over the

A memorial fund has been set up for the family of Eales.
Donations may be sent to Rocky Eales Memorial Fund, c/o Chief's
Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol. P.O. Box 11415, Oklahoma City, OK


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