7 Cops Injured in Oklahoma Shootout

Cops say kidnap suspect broke woman's wrists
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 20, 2017 12:27 AM CDT
Alex Warren Klingler.   (Grady County Jail)

(Newser) – Police say seven officers were injured during a weekend shootout in central Oklahoma, including one who remains hospitalized. Police initially said two officers were wounded Sunday as they tried to serve a search warrant following a kidnapping attempt in Chickasha, about 40 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, the AP reports. Chickasha Police Chief Goebel Music said Tuesday that seven officers were injured after the suspect allegedly opened fire from a home. Music says two officers were taken to a hospital. One was treated for shrapnel wounds and released. The other was repeatedly shot in the arm and remains hospitalized.

Music says the five other officers were treated at the scene for lesser injuries. The suspect, 61-year-old Alex Warren Klingler, is jailed on complaints including shooting with intent to kill. Music says police went to Klingler's home after he allegedly tried to pull a woman into his car, using so much force that both her wrists were broken, the Chickasha Express-Star reports. Five officers fired their weapons during the hour-long standoff. "No member of the Chickasha Police Department or any other agency left their post, but they stood their ground against an assailant who had attempted grievous harm on a woman within our community," the chief says. (Read more Oklahoma stories.)

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