SEMINOLE, Okla. – A man opened fire on two sheriff's deputies trying to serve a domestic abuse warrant Sunday in Oklahoma, killing both officers and wounding a woman who was passing by, state investigators said.
Ezekiel Holbert, 26, was arrested Sunday after two Seminole County deputies were killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant for Holbert at his mother's home, State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.
The warrant that deputies were trying to serve was for an incident in February in which Holbert's mother told police he tried to strangle her after he was inhaling paint thinner, court records show. According to an affidavit in the case, "Ms. Holbert and her kids are in fear of Ezekiel's explosive behavior."
On Sunday afternoon, Holbert's mother called the sheriff's office after finding her son in her house, which is about 50 miles from Oklahoma City. She said Holbert wasn't welcome there. Brown said the two deputies tried to serve the arrest warrant, but were immediately shot.
"They both were hit within moments of the door opening," Brown said. "I don't know if they even had the opportunity to return fire."
One deputy died at the scene and the second died on the way to the hospital, Brown said. She identified them as Robbie Chase Whitebird, 23, who had been with the sheriff's office since April 2008, and Marvin Williams, 43, who was hired by the agency in 2002.
Neighbor Jennifer Bowen, 22, had just returned from a walk with her two young children when a bullet hit her in the arm and entered her chest, the women's mother-in-law, Janet Bowen, said Monday.
Jennifer Bowen was in serious condition Monday at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City, a hospital spokesman said.
Holbert had a history of run-ins with the law. He was previously convicted of a misdemeanor count of outraging public decency in Oklahoma County and was the defendant in a case in which a Shawnee man sought a protective order against him. Details on those cases weren't immediately available.