OK police chief shot in school bomb threat investigation

Danielle Haynes

SENTINEL, Okla., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The chief of police in Sentinel, Okla., was shot multiple times Thursday after he entered a home as part of an investigation into a bomb threat at a nearby school.

Police Chief Louis Ross was shot three or four times after he and two Washita County sheriff's deputies broke down the door at the home of Dallas Horton and his wife, Esther Marie.


Upon entering one of the rooms in the house, Ross was shot two or three times in his bullet-proof vest and once in the arm. He was transported to Hobart Hospital where he was treated and released.

Ross had borrowed the bullet-proof vest from one of the deputies just moments before entering the home, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said.

The officers entered the home as part of an investigation into a bomb threat at the Community Action Center where the Sentinel Public Schools head start program is located. All Sentinel Public Schools were canceled Thursday due to the alleged threat.

OSBI said Horton allegedly called 911 at 4 a.m. Thursday, identified himself and said there was a bomb in the school timed to detonate.


Law enforcement officials allegedly found an explosive device at Horton's home. Horton and his wife were arrested.

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