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Suspect identified as 72-year-old woman in Bartlesville officer-involved shooting

Posted at 12:17 AM, Jan 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-18 19:07:33-05

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- A woman was killed and one officer was injured Wednesday night in an officer-involved shooting in Bartlesville.

The shooting was reported near 1600 S Maple Avenue. Officers were in the area to serve a search warrant for drugs and when they entered a home and were arresting a man, identified as Mike Livingston, 50, when gunshots rang out in the home.

Police and the suspect, a 72-year-old woman identified as Geraldine Townsend, exchanged gunfire and the woman was hit and an officer was injured. Townsend was taken to the hospital where she later died. Townsend was believed to be Livingston's mother, police said. 

Townsend's weapon was "some type of high-powered pellet handgun," which resembled a real gun, according to police.

The officer is undergoing surgery for a facial injury. 

Livingston was arrested and taken to the hospital on drug and weapon-related counts. Court documents said marijuana and several pellet guns were found inside the home.

Documents said that Livingston told Washington County Jail officers that once he was out of jail, he would track down drug task force officers and kill them all. 

Police say an additional officer was also hurt but suffered minor injuries. OSBI is taking over the investigation. 

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