Midtown Tulsa standoff suspect arrested

Posted at 10:10 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 10:16:09-04

TULSA - A Tulsa man is in jail following a standoff in midtown Tulsa.

Sgt. Mike Parsons, with the Tulsa Police Department, says the standoff started around 8 p.m. Tuesday when officers with the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force attempted to serve a multi-felony warrant at a home near East 22nd Street and South Hudson Place.

Police say the suspect, William Odermann, 51, of Tulsa, barricaded himself inside his home and threatened both himself and officers.

Upon doing so, Sgt. Parsons says the Tulsa Police Department's Special Operations Team deployed pepper balls to subdue Odermann.

"When he was talking about getting a knife and he had a gas can and some other things and was acting quite erratic, the pepper ball systems were deployed in an effort to de-escalate what was potentially a very violent situation," said Sgt. Parsons.

Parsons says Odermann eventually gave up and surrendered to police.

When police went in to make their arrest, Parsons says Odermann fought police. They arrested him without further incident.

"Several of the neighbors, they indicated when I arrived, were extremely unhappy with is behavior. It was quite erratic. They felt it was quite violent. They were happy that, you know, the police department was here to take him into custody," he said.

After his arrest, Odermann was taken to the hospital for evaluation before being transferred to the Tulsa County Jail.

Parsons says the ordeal actually began Saturday when law enforcement chased Odermann to his midtown home. At some point during that chase, according to Parsons, Odermann showed a firearm.

He faces multiple charges, including two for assault with a dangerous weapon.

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