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No charges against man who shot chief of police in Oklahoma town four times

Sentinel Police Chief Louis Ross survived the encounter due to a bullet-proof vest. Authorities say the shooter did not know Ross was a police officer.

By
Fred Lambert

SENTINEL, Okla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- No charges have been filed against a man who shot the chief of police of a town in Oklahoma, authorities say, because he was unaware his target was a police officer.

Police Chief Louis Ross survived being shot four times in the chest and arm by the owner of a house he had entered in Sentinel, Okla., on Thursday, KFOR reports.

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"The man who shot and wounded the Sentinel police chief will not be arrested at this time," a release by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. "OSBI investigators have extensively interviewed the man. Facts surrounding the case lead agents to believe the man was unaware it was officers who made entry."

While investigating a bomb threat made on a nearby school, Ross and four other officers and deputies knocked at the door and no one had answered, so the police chief entered the residence and was shot while clearing the second bedroom on the premise. His life was reportedly saved by a bullet-proof vest loaned to him by one of the deputies before the encounter.

Ross was taken to a hospital in Hobart, Okla., after being shot. As of Saturday night his condition was unknown, though KFOR reported he was expected to recover.

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OBSI said in a press release Friday that it was determined the bomb threat had not originated from the home, and that the caller had used the name of the man who lived there.

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