Neighbors React To Sentinel Police Chief Shooting

Thursday, January 15th 2015, 9:48 pm
By: News 9

A bomb threat called in Thursday morning to Washita County 911, later leads to the Sentinel Police Chief being shot several times. 

The threat made to a 911 call taker said a bomb would detonate inside the head start school.

The mayor said law enforcement traced that call to a house Dallas Horton shares with his wife. A house that has signs next to the front door that say "Cerified Zombie Killer" and "Warning Zombies inside enter at your own risk." The Mayor said he's known this kid his whole life.

"He loved guns camo gear knives. Stuff like that," said Mayor Dlugonski.

Dallas Horton's Facebook Page portrays someone who does love guns.

The mayor said around 6 a.m. Thursday, Police Chief Louis Ross and four Washita County sheriff's deputies busted in to the Horton home. Mayor Dlugonski said Horton shot Chief Ross twice in the chest and once in the arm.

The mayor said Chief Louis Ross is home resting and is lucky to be alive.

“He borrowed a vest from the county before he went in and it saved his life,” said Mayor Dlugonski. “It was a blessing that he borrowed that vest.”

For much of Thursday the block in front of the home where the shooting occurred, had been closed off for the investigation.

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Neighbors living around the home are rattled from the Thursday morning shooting

“It's still nerve-racking and I'm still shook. I cried,” said neighbor Sharla McDougale.

Sounds of gun shots and dog barks, woke up most of the neighbors living on 4th street Thursday morning.

“This is just unreal. I mean for Sentinel it's kind of hard to take in,” said David Delk.

Next door neighbor Cheral Jagger, had just woke up when she heard something hit the side of her home.

“I thought it was a shot but it sounded like shampoo dropping in the bathroom,” said Jagger.

Inside her bathroom, where she just left, she found a single bullet hole.

OSBI searched her next door neighbor's home Thursday afternoon, finding several guns and a possible explosive device.

Thursday afternoon, OSBI released Horton and said there was not enough evidence to arrest him for the shooting.

Authorities said Horton claimed he didn't know it was an officer inside the home.