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Hostage taker shot by Midwest City police ranted FBI and Illuminati were after him

Midwest City police plan to show videotape of the standoff with Sammie L. Wallace at the grocery store.
by Nolan Clay Published: June 28, 2013

MIDWEST CITY — Before being fatally shot, hostage taker Sammie L. Wallace ranted inside a grocery store here that the FBI and the Illuminati were after him.

A police captain shot Wallace in the head June 17 inside the Walmart Market as he held a 2-year-old girl at knife point. Wallace had threatened to harm the girl and was shot after he began counting down.

Police Friday will make public a videotape of events leading up to the shooting, and recordings of 911 calls.

Wallace, 37, made several references to the Illuminati and said he was tired of them pursuing him, police reported. He called himself a person of interest to the FBI.

The Illuminati was the name used by a secret society hundreds of years ago. The name also has appeared in fiction, most notably in novelist Dan Brown's best-seller “Angels & Demons.” Wallace also ranted that George Bush was monitoring him and that he was the richest man on Earth, police reported. Wallace told police officers in the store several times “to take the shot” if they had one, police reported.

Police Friday also will identify the girl's mother and a store customer who blocked Wallace's path with his body and a shopping cart until officers arrived.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater last Friday cleared police Capt. David Huff, who fired after Wallace moved the knife from the girl's abdomen to her throat.

“Huff's actions in this incident were not only justified and necessary, they were heroic,” Prater wrote in a letter.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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