Suspect In Ponca City Shootout Has Long Criminal History
PONCA CITY, Oklahoma - News 9 is learning more about the man who opened fire on Ponca City Police after a chase Sunday.
Ponca City Police say the suspect lost control of his pickup truck on the corner of Ponca and 11th, driving up on to a lawn and hitting a fence. That's when police say he pulled out a gun, so they opened fire on him.
Mary Alvarado was right across the street when she heard the crash and saw the truck sitting just feet from her grandmother’s house. Her grandmother and two-year-old cousin were inside the home at the time.
"And next thing you know we hear five or six gunshots going off and we coming running outside and there's just cops everywhere, and we see a white truck crashed like over there at my grandma’s house,” said Alvarado.
Police say they were chasing 40-year-old Larry Durbin when Durbin crashed into a fence, got out of his truck and began shooting at them. Police returned fire, hitting one of Durbin’s passengers. That person was taken to the hospital.
"That's what worries me. My kids seeing that kind of stuff,” said Alvarado. “They're five and eight and I'm like no, I don't want them to see that."
Durbin has a long arrest record that spans 20 years. It includes arrests for meth possession; a couple of domestic assault charges; violating a victims protection order and several burglary charges.
Alvarado said she chose to live in Ponca City to stay away from the crime of a bigger city. “You think Ponca city is going to be safe but then stuff like this kinda [sic] happens so it makes you kinda [ sic] think like what's going to happen next?"