1 dead, 1 injured after burglary attempt in Oklahoma oil field

Michael Paul Cradduck, 22, died from injuries suffered during an apparent burglary attempt at an oil field east of Calumet Sunday afternoon, Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said. Steven Ray Cavenee, 30, was hospitalized for injuries, authorities said. Both men are from El Reno.
by Matt Dinger Published: March 11, 2012

— One man died and another was hospitalized Sunday after they were crushed by a pumpjack during an apparent burglary attempt at an oil well site, authorities said.

Michael Paul Cradduck, 22, died Sunday afternoon at OU Medical Center, Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said. Steven Ray Cavenee, 30, was in surgery late Sunday, Edwards said. His condition was not known. Both men are from El Reno.

Edwards said they were looking for a third person who may be driving a blue sport utility vehicle.

About 1 p.m., a property owner near 122nd Street NW and Heaston Road, about two miles east of Calumet, called sheriff's deputies about a man who was bloodied and yelling for help.

When deputies arrived, they found Cavenee about 300 yards away from the pumpjack. He had crawled to the county road, Edwards said. They then found Cradduck seriously injured at the well pump. Cavenee told deputies that he and Cradduck were oil field employees, but deputies found items thought to be stolen during a burglary of a nearby barn at the pump site.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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