News Headlines - Feb. 7

APD officers cleared after
fatal shootout three weeks ago

Two Ardmore officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect three weeks ago have been cleared for duty once again.

Three weeks ago, Captain Eric Hamblin and officer Juan Galicia of the Ardmore Police Department, exchanged gunfire with Henry Jackson, a man wanted in connection with several gun related incidents prior to the shootout with police.

District Attorney Craig Ladd said the use of deadly force on Jackson was justified the night of the shootout.

Officers can use deadly force if they feel the person they are attempting to apprehend is a danger to officers or other people. In both cases, Henry posed a threat.

Jackson was wanted for four previous shootings that week, including the wounding of two ATF agents assisting APD on the search for him. Police finally stopped the suspect at H Street NE and Martin Luther King Blvd. where the fatal shootout occurred.

The investigation has also shown that Jackson was planning to commit robberies and shoot anyone wh tried to stop him to avoid any further jail time.

Oklahoma ranks second in number of tornadoes in 2013
The state of Oklahoma had the second-highest number of tornadoes in 2013, just behind Texas, as well as the nation’s strongest storm of the year and the widest twister on record.

Statistic prepared ahead of next week’s National Tornado Summit showed Oklahoma’s 79 tornadoes in 2013 were well above the average of 57. Texas only had two more tornadoes than Oklahoma.

Oklahoma typically ranks fourth behind Kansas, Florida and Texas annually.


Jay Fox