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Overnight shooting at Bartlesville bar leaves 2 dead, suspect now in custody

Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-14 19:46:22-05

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Two people are dead after a shooting at a Bartlesville bar Monday night.

Bartlesville police say a fight occurred at Kickstand Saloon on west Frank Phillips around 8:30 p.m. Police said fight escalated into the suspect shooting the two victims.

Both victims were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries where they later died.

BPD identified the victims as 40-year-old Austin Standeford and 29-year-old Van Parson. Police said both worked at the bar; however, only one was actually working at the time.

Officers confirm the suspect is Gregory Rogers. Bartlesville police said Rogers went to a Tulsa hospital with a gunshot wound around 11:30 p.m after fleeing from the scene.

Gregory Rogers

Rogers later turned himself in at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. He is now in custody and booked into Washington County Jail.

Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles said Rogers faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count felony possession of a firearm after a conviction.

The case is unusual for Bartlesville. Chief Roles said the city typically has one homicide per year, but this now makes four for 2021.

“We’re a pretty quiet city," Chief Roles said. "We have our problems like anyone else. We have crime just like everyone else. But to have this type of crime is something that’s not heard of here in Bartlesville.”

There are also questions about how the case will be handled moving forward due to the McGirt ruling. Standeford was a tribal citizen while Rogers and Parson are not.

“When we called the FBI, that’s what they said, 'Woah, woah. We gotta push the brakes a little bit here because we’ve not dealt with this,'" Chief Roles said. "So, it’ll be interesting to see. You know, are there two trials? Is there one in Tulsa in federal court and one here? It will be interesting to see how that works out."

An investigation is currently ongoing at this time.

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