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Seminole County shoot-out claims 2 deputies

Aaron Crespo Modified: July 27, 2009 at 8:57 pm •  Published: July 27, 2009
SEMINOLE — Two Seminole County deputies were killed and a woman was wounded when a man opened fire while deputies were trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Seminole residence Sunday, authorities said.

Ezekiel Holbert, 26, was jailed on murder complaints, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

Holbert was in his mother’s home, 503 N Second St., about 3 p.m. when she called authorities, Brown said.

"She found out he was inside. He was not welcome, so she called Seminole County deputies,” Brown said. "When they knocked on the door, the suspect came out, Mr. Holbert, firing a weapon.”

Brown said they don’t know what kind of a weapon was used.

Two deputies died, Brown said.

One died at the scene and the other at OU Medical Center.

A woman walking along the street was hit by stray gunfire, Brown said.

The woman was identified by her brother-in-law as Jennifer Bowen. He said the bullet went through her arm and into her chest. He said she was flown to OU Medical Center, but her condition was not known Sunday night.

The names of the deputies were not released Sunday night.

Deputies were serving a warrant issued in May for a charge of domestic assault and battery by strangulation.

Bryan Hause said he was next door when the shooting occurred.

"They said, ‘You got two seconds to open the door,’ and they kicked the door in,” Hause said.

Terry Bowen said he was standing on his back porch a couple of houses away when the shooting began.

"We all thought it was firecrackers,” he said.

He said Jennifer Bowen was walking down the street with her two daughters when a law enforcement official ran past.

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