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4 troopers hurt in Talihina shootout before fire

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Posted at 8:41 AM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-11 15:39:38-04

TALIHINA, Okla. (AP) -- The Latest on the shooting of several Oklahoma troopers who were serving a warrant in southeast Oklahoma (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman said troopers received information about the suspect, who's name will not be released Friday, from locals that the suspect had automatic weapons he wasn't supposed to have.

Capt. Paul Timmons said they are waiting on a warrant from the DA's office to recover the suspect's body.

The official scene, Timmons said, is at 2nd and Dallas.

Timmons said the scene will be active until Monday and the fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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11:50 a.m.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four troopers were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a warrant on a man, who later died.

Capt. Paul Timmons says local authorities had asked for assistance in serving the warrant on the man early Friday. Timmons says the group was immediately met by gunfire, followed by a fire that quickly broke out in downtown Talihina, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.

The man's name hasn't been released. Timmons says he's dead. He says the four troopers are expected to recover from their injuries.

A fifth trooper who was wearing a bulletproof vest was also struck by gunfire, but wasn't hurt. Timmons says the vest likely saved the trooper's life.

Firefighters are still working to contain the fire in downtown Talihina. Timmons says authorities are investigating whether the home was booby-trapped to cause the fire.

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11:15 a.m.

A large fire that began when search warrants were being served in a small Oklahoma town has burned several buildings.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said agents were on the scene Friday morning in downtown Talihina as backup to a district attorney's task force that was serving the warrants, but were not involved.

Woodward said the warrants were being served by the task force when the fire began, but had no other details.

LeFlore County Emergency Management officials told Fort Smith, Arkansas, television station KHBS  three buildings caught fire.

It's not yet clear whether anyone was injured. The cause of the fire also isn't known. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded.

Talihina is a town of about 1,100 people that's about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.

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