Jenks man in police custody after standoff, lockdown at Saint Francis Hospital emergency room

TULSA - A 62-year-old Jenks man is in custody after a standoff with police Friday morning at Saint Francis Hospital.

The situation began before 6 a.m., prompting the lockdown at the ER.

Police say 27-year-old Neill Towe arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Once inside, Towe told hospital staff his father, Burgin Towe, who was outside in a pickup truck, shot him.

TPD spokesman Officer Leland Ashley says hospital security went outside to look for the elder Towe and found him with a gun inside a red pickup truck.

The emergency room was placed on lockdown while police communicated the Special Operations Team and other officers responded.  At times, police say the Burgin Towe pointed a gun directly at his chest.

As a result of the lockdown, ambulances were unable to drop patients off.

"We had to divert those patients to other hospitals that were initially going to be transported to Saint Francis but couldn't be," said Joe Ringer, EMSA supervisor.

Shortly after 9 a.m., Burgin Towe was taken into custody without anyone being injured.

Police say the shooting took place while the two were in a truck driving down Main Street in Jenks.  Jenks police have taken over the investigation.  They say they aren't sure at this time if the shooting was accidental or intentional.

Burgin Towe is being questioned at the Jenks police station. Police said he was arrested at 3:20 p.m. on June 13 in assault with a deadly weapon charges. Court date set for June 14.

Neill Towe is receiving treatment at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hospital leaders and EMSA say things worked out well today but just as a precaution they will review all policies and procedures.

 

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