Bar Owner Shoots, Kills Unruly Patron In Comanche County

Sunday, April 17th 2011, 5:10 pm
By: News 9

COMANCHE COUNTY, Oklahoma -- The Comanche County Sheriff's office and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are working to solve an overnight shooting at a Medicine Park bar after agents say a bar owner shot and killed an unruly patron.

Employees at the Park Tavern Bar, 196 East Lake Drive, removed 52-year-old Lawton resident Charles Timothy Taylor from the bar after patrons complained about his behavior. Once Taylor was outside, he pulled a knife and tried to stab the employees and some patrons, according to the OSBI.

The employees ran back into the bar, locking the doors. They called 911 and the bar's owner to the scene. The bar's owner, who was armed with a gun, arrived just before police.

By this time, agents say Taylor had returned with a firearm.  As a small crowd of bar goers gathered outside the bar, authorities say Taylor fired his gun at them. The bar's owner then fired back, killing Taylor.

OSBI agents questioned witnesses and investigated the scene of the shooting. It will be up to the district attorney to decide if any charges are filed.