Two arrested in shooting of Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy

Authorities on Sunday arrested Keonta Stephan Terrell Prince, 18, and Christopher Travis Baker, 29, in the shooting early Saturday of Oklahoma County sheriff's Maj. Jon Waldenville, authorities said.
BY MATT DINGER AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: May 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm •  Published: May 22, 2011

Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with the ambush and shooting of an Oklahoma County sheriff's major who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Keonta Stephan Terrell Prince, 18, and Christopher Travis Baker, 29, were arrested on complaints of shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm, officials said.

The two are accused of shooting Maj. John Waldenville, 60, an off-duty Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy who was taking a night deposit from a restaurant to a bank, Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said Sunday.

Prince and Baker, who have not been charged, are the two men police think were behind the attack on Waldenville.

Police and deputies canvassed many areas throughout the city Saturday and Sunday looking for leads and asking people to call 911 if they had information, Knight said.

A 911 caller told police about 12:55 p.m. Sunday that he thought he saw Prince near SW 3 and Meridian, Knight said. Police found him about 1:45 p.m. in a breezeway at the Super 8 motel.

Prince was not armed when he was arrested and did not resist, Knight said. He had paid for a room for Friday and Saturday nights and had just paid for a third night when he was arrested. Knight said he did not know Prince's permanent address.

Christopher Travis Baker, 29, was arrested at an apartment near NW 10 and Greenvale Road, Knight said. Baker, who had just been released from prison last year, was taken into custody without incident about 6 p.m., Sheriff John Whetsel said.

Baker was convicted of first-degree burglary and robbery with a firearm in 2001, according to corrections department records. He was released after serving a 10-year sentence in February 2010, records show. He was a minor at the time the crimes were committed, according to court records.

The bank deposit bag Waldenville had with him has not yet been recovered, Knight said.

Attacked from behind

Waldenville — who was in uniform and armed — was shot once over his right eye just after midnight Saturday as he took the deposit from Cattlemen's Steakhouse, 1309 S Agnew Ave., to a nearby bank, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said. The robbers came from around a pharmacy and shot him on the sidewalk in front of the building, he said.

Waldenville remained in critical condition Sunday at OU Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The bullet destroyed his eye and caused multiple facial fractures, but ricocheted downward inside his skull, causing no brain damage. He is expected to survive.


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