MIDWEST CITY — A parole officer is dead after a man shot him in the head Friday near Midwest City High School, police said.
Jeffrey McCoy, 32, of Oklahoma City, was a probation and parole officer with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, authorities said.
Police have identified the accused shooter as Lester Kinchion, 21, of Midwest City. Kinchion is being held at the Midwest City jail on a murder complaint.
McCoy was visiting an individual under pre-release supervision at a home in the 1400 block of Maple Drive in Midwest City when a confrontation ensued.
Kinchion lives at the home but was not who McCoy came to see, Midwest City Assistant Police Chief Sid Porter said at a news conference Friday. There were multiple witnesses to the shooting, Porter said.
McCoy has a wife and two children, said Joyce Jackson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections. He had been with the department since 2005.
Porter said Kinchion reportedly fired a gun at Midwest City officers when they arrived at the scene about 11:50 a.m., causing a brief standoff.
Bryan Vanassche, who witnessed the shooting, said he was in his driveway when a man who had a collapsible baton, handcuffs and a gun approached his neighbor’s house.
“He knocked on the door across the street, and a young man answered,” Vanassche said. “The kid pushed him off the porch. It turned into some kind of fight.”
Vanassche said the fight spilled into the street, and he yelled at the two men to stop fighting. He turned around, and then he heard a gunshot.
Vanassche said he looked back to see the man who had approached the house across the street lying in his driveway, bleeding from his head.
Vanassche said it appeared that the shooter wrestled the gun away from the other man before firing.
“The kid who has the pistol fires like six or so more times into the air and then runs off,” he said.
Porter declined to comment on the gun used in the shooting as the investigation is ongoing.
Vanassche said the victim was not wearing a law enforcement uniform.
When police arrived, the suspect came to the door and fired at them, Porter said.
Police set up a perimeter and called in the special tactics team.
Before they could arrive, the suspect came outside again.
Police used a stun gun on the suspect when he did not follow their orders.
He was then taken into custody, Porter said.