WEWOKA, Oklahoma — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Tuesday that troopers shot and killed a 48-year-old man who aimed a loaded crossbow at officers after taking a relative hostage.
Keith Chesser died at an Oklahoma City hospital where he was flown following the shooting Monday afternoon in Wewoka, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City, the Highway Patrol said.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office asked for the patrol’s assistance after Chesser fled into a detached garage-type building outside a home in Wewoka and took the female relative hostage when deputies arrived to arrest him on two misdemeanor warrants, according to the patrol.
Chesser released the woman after about an hour when she complained of having an asthma attack, but refused to surrender and threatened to kill law enforcement officers until troopers fired gas into the building.
“Chesser immediately exited with a loaded compound bow, took an aggressive stance, and aimed the arrow towards the troopers,” according to the statement, and troopers then shot him, the statement said.
The names of the troopers involved in the shooting were not immediately released.