Goodblanket, whose name translated into English means Red Bird, was experiencing a mental episode and was breaking windows and doors when his parents called 911 for help. He had been drinking, evidenced by the blood alcohol level of 0.10 reported in his autopsy.
Peoples says the man attacked two of the responding deputies with a knife. One deputy, Chance Avery, shot his own hand in the struggle and had a finger amputated. He has since been cleared to return to work and the other deputy, Dillon Mach, resumed active duty several weeks ago, Peoples said.
Peoples maintains that the shooting was justified. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigated the incident and has turned its report over to the district attorney.
Goodblanket’s parents, Melissa and Wilbur Goodblanket, publicly have been asking for justice for their son. “I hope they are going to hold them (the deputies) accountable,” Melissa Goodblanket said.