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Oklahoma park ranger fatally shoots man who tried to run him over, authorities report

An Oklahoma park ranger was investigating a disturbance a McGee Creek State Park in Atoka County when a man got in his vehicle and drove toward the ranger, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The ranger shot at the man, hitting him at least once.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 6, 2013 at 12:10 pm •  Published: May 6, 2013

— A ranger with the state Department of Parks and Recreation shot and killed a man who tried to run over him in Atoka County, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports.

Campers at McGee Creek State Park complained to the ranger that a man was acting strangely and causing a disturbance about 10 p.m. Saturday.

The ranger found the man, identified as David Adam Patrick Maher, 30, and attempted to get information from him, according to an OSBI news release.

Maher would not cooperate and ran from the area to a parking lot, where he got inside his vehicle and attempted to run over the ranger, according to the news release.

The OSBI reports the ranger shot at Maher, striking him at least one time. Maher was taken to the Atoka County Medical Center, where he died. His last known residence was in New York.

Authorities did not release the park ranger's name.

The Atoka County sheriff requested OSBI assist with the investigation. has disabled the comments for this article.


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