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Authorities release 911 calls in Nichols Hills fire chief's death

The Mustang Police Department has released the recordings of the 911 calls placed by the wife of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan, who died after a shooting late Tuesday in his home.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL and BRYAN DEAN Published: September 23, 2011

Investigators looking into the shooting death of Nichols Hills Fire Chief Keith Bryan have little to go on and are hoping for a break that will lead them to his killer, authorities said Thursday.

Jessica Brown, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, said investigators are talking to as many people as they can, hoping someone will have the key piece of information that could lead them in the right direction.

“We're doing forensic testing on items,” Brown said. “One of the things our agents did today was go back and canvass the neighborhood again, ask people if they saw or heard anything.”

The state medical examiner ruled Thursday that Bryan died from a single gunshot to the head. Mustang police on Thursday released recordings of two 911 calls Keith Bryan's wife, Becky, made Tuesday night after he was shot at their home in the 1300 block of W Rose Hill Drive.

In the final seconds of her second call to 911, Becky Bryan describes her husband as “gasping for air.”

“He's dripping, he's like moving,” Becky Bryan said on the call, placed about 10:05 p.m. “I've got to have somebody here.”

Her voice is heard during the first 17 seconds of the first call, placed from her cellphone, until the call apparently goes dead. Bryan first asks if she's reached Mustang police, then begins to describe “a young man about 25” until her voice drops off the call.

Bryan called back from a landline on a call that lasted 1 minute and 20 seconds. She describes a man about 25 or 26 years old wearing a hooded sweatshirt who walked in through the garage door of their home.

“He shot my husband in the head. My husband is laying here bleeding on my couch right now,” Bryan said on the call. “And he (the shooter) turned around to me and he said, ‘Ma'am, I'm so sorry,' he said, ‘But your husband should have hired me.'”

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