Man Wanted Out Of Louisiana Commits Suicide In OKC Bass Pro Parking Lot

Friday, November 19th 2010, 1:34 pm
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – A man committed suicide in the parking lot of Bass Pro downtown after he called police telling them they would find his body there.

According to Oklahoma City police, 26-year-old Stephen Salsbury, Jr. called 911 and told police he was a wanted man and that he had done bad things and that police would find his body at Bass Pro Shop. Officers went to the business and found Salsbury's body.

The very public suicide shocked many who were visiting the store.

"I kept thinking they'll cover up the body because there are people with children. I've seen a couple of people turn their kids heads away. That can be a little shocking because he's just out there," said Stacey Davis.

Davis was one of many stranded at the store because police had taped off a crime scene area in the parking lot. Davis said Salsbury's body was right behind her car.

"We don't have any reason why he'd be here in Oklahoma at this time. We don't know of any family connections or anything of that nature," said FBI agent Clay Simmonds.

Salsbury was wanted out of West Monroe, LA for fatally shooting a 58 year old man in a grocery store parking lot Thursday, according to Shreveport, LA news station KSLA.

KSLA reported Salsbury fled west to Webster Parish then to Springhill, LA (30 miles northwest of Shreveport), armed with a gun, kidnapped a Webster Parish sheriff's deputy and forced her into her white 2001 Nissan Xterra. She drove for only a mile, pulled out a gun from underneath her seat and fired the gun. She jumped out of the SUV and he drove away from the scene. Officers pinged her phone which was in the stolen SUV and got one hit from the same area, but no more tracking was done and the suspect was never located. The white SUV is believed to be the fourth vehicle he carjacked.

The Deputy is OK.

According to KSLA, Salsbury has worked as a jailer in a north Louisiana prison.