Monday, July 3, 2017

Suspect Arrested at Casino Wanted for Shooting at a Residence

The shooting suspect from Okmulgee, arrested Friday by Sallisaw police at the Cherokee Casino in Sallisaw, was wanted for a shooting at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Friday morning, Okmulgee police reported. No one was injured in the shooting.

Michael L. Johnson, 64, was taken into custody without incident following a BOLO issued by Okmulgee police Friday morning.

Okmulgee officials made the following statement regarding the shooting that Johnson was wanted for, “Shortly after 11:00 ... (June 30), Okmulgee Police were dispatched…on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they discovered that the residence had been struck twice by gunfire. While on scene, officers interviewed witnesses who identified Michael L. Johnson, 64, of Okmulgee as the shooter. Johnson was apparently looking for his former girlfriend and was angry because she had ended their relationship. Witnesses told officers that Johnson made threats to his former girlfriend’s family members that he planned to kill his girlfriend. One of the family members reportedly ran into the house followed closely by Johnson. Johnson attempted to force open the door and when he was unsuccessful, he reportedly fired two shots through the door. At the time of the shooting, there were at least two adults and a child inside the residence. No one was struck by gunfire. Officers notified other agencies in northeast Oklahoma when attempts to locate Johnson locally were unsuccessful.”

Okmulgee police traveled to Sallisaw to execute a search warrant on Johnson’s vehicle and to transport Johnson back to Okmulgee for booking. A photo of Johnson was obtained from Oklahoma Department of Corrections from a former incarceration.

Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin said Okmulgee police notified Sallisaw of Johnson’s whereabouts after they pinged his cell phone and located him at the casino. Sallisaw police were assisted in the arrest by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and casino security.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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