Car Plows Through OKC Golf Course, Dead Body Found Inside

Thursday, October 6th 2011, 11:49 pm
By: News 9

Michael Konopasek, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – A car plowed through a northeast side golf course late Thursday, and when it came to a stop, police found a dead man inside.

It happened at the James Stewart Golf Course at Northeast 4th and MLK. Investigators continued looking through evidence until after 10 p.m. Thursday. Police say they are not sure if they are looking at a homicide or suicide.

The car crashed through three fences before ending up on the 8th hole.

Witness Jerry Church said he saw the car barrel out of control.

"He was going at a fairly high speed," said Church. "The car was kind of just going out of control."

Church was on the second hole playing golf with a co-worker as he does every week when he was forced to make the 9-1-1 call.

"Had we gone off five minutes later, he probably would have driven right across us," said Church.

Witnesses say the danger was immense. It all happened around 5:15 p.m. with lots of people around and a playground just across the way.

"[He] could have killed one of them kids," said bystander Donye Smiley.

Police say the driver died from a gun shot wound, but suspects have not been identified.

"Nobody reported hearing any gunshots," said Sgt. Keith Cornman of the Oklahoma Cit Police Department. "There was a weapon in the vehicle."

Witnesses and golfers were left counting their blessing on Thursday that the car took just the right path to avoid hitting someone.

"It was really amazing that the car was able to traverse [a narrow] bridge," said Church.

The dead person is described as a middle aged black man.