OSBI investigating weekend officer-involved shooting in Garvin County

Published: 06/20/2022, 8:02 PM
Edited: 06/20/2022, 8:03 PM

 *** The following update is based on an active and ongoing investigation. The OSBI's initial understanding of the facts and circumstances may evolve over the course of the investigation as witnesses are interviewed and evidence is collected and analyzed.

Upon completion of the OSBI investigation, agents will submit a report summarizing their investigation to the appropriate prosecutor’s office. The prosecuting attorney will determine whether or not to file charges.

(GARVIN COUNTY, Okla.) The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved-shooting that involved multiple agencies on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

The incident began around noon on Saturday when an off-duty Pauls Valley police officer called 9-1-1 to report that her neighbor, William Philpott, was making threats toward her and her family. In addition to the caller, two other Pauls Valley police officers responded, along with a Lindsey police officer and a Garvin County deputy. Upon arriving, they found Philpott, 39, outside of the home located on 15405 North County Road 3250. Philpott then went inside and came back out with body armor on and firearms, and began shooting at the officers. The officers took cover behind their vehicles for more than two hours while Philpott was firing at them.

At approximately 2 p.m., the Chickasaw Lighthorse Tactical Team arrived with a BearCat and another armored vehicle. They proceeded toward the house to provide cover so the officers could escape to safety. Philpott raised his pistol at the Lighthorse officers and he was shot three times. Philpott was given medical aid by officers while TAC Team members cleared the house. Once the scene was determined to be safe, EMS treated Philpott for his injuries. Philpott was then life-flighted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

OSBI Agents processed the house and seized multiple weapons and other evidence. An arrest warrant was issued for Philpott and an OSBI Agent placed him under arrest at 11 a.m. Monday morning. He remains hospitalized, but upon his release he will be transported to the Garvin County Detention Center to face three counts of Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon in state court

This incident occurred in Indian Country and involves native and non-native individuals. As such, this investigation falls under state and federal jurisdiction per the McGirt Supreme Court ruling. Once the investigation is complete, OSBI Agents will present their report to the Garvin County District Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office

The investigation is ongoing. There is no additional information to be released at this time. 


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