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January 7, 2009

Woodward police officer, suspect shot Wednesday

A Woodward Police officer is recovering after being shot in the line of duty by a female suspect, who was also injured in an exchange of gunfire, Wednesday morning.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Cpl. Travis Munson was listed in good condition at Woodward Regional Hospital where he was receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the shooting, according to Jessica Brown, public information director for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The suspect, who has been identified as Lyndell Sutton, 55, was airlifted to OU Medical Center, where she was receiving treatment for multiple gun shot wounds, Brown said.  

“She’s (Sutton) listed in stable condition with injuries to the head, shoulder and leg,” the OSBI spokeswoman said, noting that the head injury was minor.

Munson was shot as he was responding to a public welfare check request in the 3400 block of Quail Drive around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Brown said.

According to Woodward City/County Emergency Manager Matt Lehenbauer, the police had been called out to check on the welfare of a woman staying in her vehicle in the area.

As Munson approached the vehicle, Brown said Sutton jumped from the vehicle and opened fire with a medium caliber handgun.

The suspect fired once at Munson hitting him in the abdomen and then fired multiple shots at other officers who were also responding to the scene, the OSBI spokeswoman said, adding that no other officers were hit or injured.  No motive has yet been determined in the shooting, she said.

The officers then returned fire, injuring the suspect in the exchange, she said, noting that “five officers were involved in the shooting,” excluding Munson.

The OSBI is investigating whether the officers were justified in firing upon Sutton, Brown said.

In addition to interviewing the officers involved and reviewing witness statements from nearby residents, she said OSBI agents are also “retrieving bullets or bullet fragments from fences and any other structures in the area.”

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