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Trooper Kerry Massie

Oklahoman Published: October 23, 2003
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Trooper Kerry Massie never found out why the man decided to shoot him.

Daniel Dean Warren, 43, took that secret to the grave.

On Dec. 29, 1999, Massie pulled over Warren's pickup on U.S. 62 near Cache in Comanche County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper suspected Warren was drunk.

As Massie approached the vehicle, though, Warren leaped out and opened fire with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Massie jumped back, exchanging shots.

Warren -- who'd been shot twice -- drove off, with the trooper in pursuit. Less than half a mile later, he left the road.

"I was hit point-blank in my vest and in the wrist," Massie said.

The situation ended when Warren committed suicide in his truck.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation launched a brief inquiry.

The shooting was ruled justified.

But it took Massie awhile to get everything in perspective.

As required by patrol policy, Massie spoke twice with a psychologist. He said talking helped.

"I have not had any nightmares about it," he said. "I have tried not to dwell on it. I've just tried to move on with my life. But if there is a loud bang behind me, I react a lot more than I used to. I'm reaching for my gun."

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