Suspect dead after hours-long standoff

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/08/2019 07:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Tahlequah police and Cherokee Nation deputy marshals were a part of an hours-long standoff with CN citizen Bobby Lee Vaughn, 54, on Oct. 7. Vaughn was pronounced dead after the standoff, but it was unknown whether he died from self-inflicted wounds or from shots fired by officers. KERI THORNTON/TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS
TAHLEQUAH – Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King confirmed Oct. 7 that the suspect in an hours-long standoff is dead.

During a brief press conference afterward, King said he didn’t know whether Cherokee Nation citizen Bobby Lee Vaughn, 54, was shot by officers or if he took his own life. Rounds of pepper balls were shot into the house on State Avenue throughout the standoff, and officers tried communicating with the suspect.

“Three of our officers did fire their weapons,” said King.

King said police had responded to a report of a domestic incident in process that afternoon, and as they approached the house, Vaughn fired off several shots.

“When officers encountered (the suspect), he fired at them. They retreated to cover and called for backup,” said King.

CN deputy marshals were also on the scene during the standoff. Police had summoned Vaughn’s parents to help them coax him out of the house. Using a bullhorn, officers were also urging Vaughn to think about his young daughter.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been called and will investigate the shooting itself. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. – REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION

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