Four Fort Sill soldiers arrested after shooting in Lawton

Fort Sill soldiers were sent a warning after a shooting in Lawton led to unsubstantiated threats of gang violence against soldiers, military officials said.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: September 28, 2011
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Four Fort Sill soldiers have been arrested following a home invasion and shooting in Lawton that sparked rumors of reprisals against uniformed military personnel.

Lawton police Tuesday refused to identify the soldiers involved, even though the names of people who are arrested are open records required to be released by state law.

Lawton police Capt. Wade Shaw, a shift commander, said he was ordered not to talk about the case with the media and referred all calls to Police Chief Ronnie Smith, who could not be reached for comment.

Maj. Gen. David Halverson, commanding general of Fort Sill, released a statement indicating several soldiers had been charged in the case.

“Regrettably, Fort Sill soldiers have been charged with serious crimes,” Halverson said in the statement. “The alleged actions of the soldiers charged today are absolutely not representative of Fort Sill, its units or the Army.”

A Fort Sill spokeswoman said she could not release the names of the soldiers involved.

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