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Police kill man during shoot-out

Oklahoman Published: May 27, 2005

Police shot and killed an Altus man who confronted his wife and began firing at her at close range, Altus police Chief Mike Patterson said.

Gabrielle Bittinger called police at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday requesting officers escort her while she retrieved some items from a home, Patterson said.

When Bittinger approached the house, she and her husband began arguing, Patterson said.

The husband identified by a relative as Brett Bittinger pulled out a gun and began shooting at his wife, and police returned fire, Patterson said.

Both Bittingers were taken to Jackson County Memorial Hospital, where Brett Bittinger was pronounced dead.

Gabrielle Bittinger was admitted, but Patterson said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Patterson said the gunman may have intended to commit a murder-suicide, knowing that police would return fire.

TULSA Fences damaged along new trail

Trespassers have damaged fences and gates along the northern portion of a recreational trail under construction, running from downtown Tulsa to Birch Lake and Barnsdall more than 33 miles away, said Mark Sontag of Land Legacy, the trust building the trail.

Most of the problem has been in the 20-plus mile stretch between Skiatook and Barnsdall, Sontag said.

Much of that area is farm and ranch land, and the damage done to fences has allowed livestock to escape from pastures.

Problems have come in the area of a former rail line where the Land Legacy is attempting to raise funds for trail construction, the organization's executive director said.

Watco Corp. donated the Osage line to Land Legacy in 2003. The trust received approval from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to "bank the line for purposes of a recreational trail.

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