Chouteau Police officer shoots and kills robbery suspect

Monday, January 9th 2006, 3:07 pm
By: News On 6

A Mayes County Sheriff's deputy is recovering from a stabbing and a robbery suspect is dead after a standoff in Chouteau.

It started with an investigation Monday morning into a stolen pickup and armed robbery of a Chouteau convenience store. It led deputies to two suspects.

Authorities went to the Chouteau home of Gayla Cochran, where they believed suspect Tracy Whitecotton[pictured] was hiding. Sheriff deputy Sergeant Chris Fogelman kicked-in the door and Whitecotton charged him with a knife. Mayes County Sheriff Frank Cantey: "During the struggle, the assistant chief from Chouteau, Lynn Hearstburger, shot Mr. Whitecotton once in the chest with a 40 caliber handgun."

Whitecotton died at the hospital.

His girlfriend, Gayla Cochran was arrested for harboring a fugitive.

Kevin Newman was wanted for questioning in the case. He was taken into custody in Sapulpa.

Sergeant Fogelman has several cuts and stitches for two stab wounds.