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Creek County deputy shoots man wanted for threatening judge, ADA

Posted at 5:27 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 18:32:53-04

CREEK COUNTY, Okla. — The Creek County Sheriff’s Office says on Tuesday morning deputies shot a man who was wanted for threatening to kill a Creek County judge and assistant district attorney.

Deputies were attempting to serve a warrant on Steven Yocham, 49, for alleged protective order violations and on charges stemming from the threats against officials, records show. According to documents filed last month, Yocham reportedly devised a scheme to perform a malicious act of violence to cause serious bodiy harm and/or the death of Associate District Judge Mark Ihrig and ADA Laura Farris.

They say as they approached him at a home, Yocham produced a rifle and said he was going to shoot deputies and take his own life.

“Yocham attempted to escape when he pointed the weapon at deputies and was shot,” sheriff Bret Bowling said.

He was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting. The deputy who fired is on administrative leave, which is in accordance with department policy.

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