Deputy Marshal Surrenders After All-Night Standoff In Sallisaw

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SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – The Cherokee Nation deputy marshal who barricaded himself in his home Thursday surrendered early Friday morning, said Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

Lockhard said the man gave up without incident after talking with Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Cherokee Nation negotiators for more than 10 hours.  Authorities took him to a mental health facility after his surrender, according to the sheriff.

The man’s name has not yet been released. The sheriff said he will not face any criminal charges.

Several law enforcement agencies responded in Sallisaw on Thursday morning (Jan. 29) in reference to a man who had barricaded himself inside his home near Farm Road and Cherokee Avenue , according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office.

Lockhart said when officers responded, they were not sure if there were weapons inside the home, but he said the man was home alone and was communicating with authorities on the phone.

“We’re just trying to figure out what his problem is and try to work with him and get him some help and resolve the problem,” Lockhart said Thursday (Jan. 29).

According to the sheriff and the Cherokee Nation, the house is on property owned by Cherokee Nation Entertainment.

Lockhart said he was notified of the situation at 10 a.m. Thursday. In addition to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sallisaw Police Department and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service also responded.  A road in the area was closed for most of the day on Thursday and into early Friday morning.

No residents near the situation were evacuated, and they were not in danger, Lockhart said.

14 comments

    • Will

      They won’t say much if the tribe is involved. Too much bad publicity is bad for the money machine. The news organizations run from this stuff.

  • Carol Long

    was the man in his own home and were the cops and Cherokee nation doing imminent domain on him this does not make much sense why he barricaded himself, and why entertainment owned a home

  • melba moore

    the man must of had mental breakdown hope they get him help,until you or someone you love has mental sickness you will never understand,god bless all

  • Edwin

    This was just up the road from my house,passed 30 ohps on the road.
    I wanna know how the hell one guy was worth the response of not only swat,tribal police,OHP,local police and sheriff but the sheer amount of manpower they had (50+ cars) and an entire administrative building as an incident command center.
    Obviously it wasn’t because he was dangerous or thinking of going Dorner if we weren’t evacuated.
    Stupid waste of taxpayer time and money.
    Not saying his life wasn’t worth everything we could do,just saying compare the response of this incident with any other persons suicidal ranting barricade and i’m betting the scales will break.

    • Will

      A better question would be why the tribe needs a trained sniper. These guys roam the area with weapons attached and have no accountability to the general public. The agreements local law enforcement that allow them to do so are illegal.

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