Havonnah Johnson, News 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- One month after robbers shot an Oklahoma County Sheriff's Deputy in the face, people from across the state gathered to raise money to help Major John Waldenville's recovery.
"A Taste of Oklahoma City" was filled with food and laughter, but the purpose behind Monday night's event was serious. Police say two men, 28-year-old Christopher Baker and 18-year-old Keonta Prince, ambushed Waldenville in May outside Cattlemen's Steakhouse. Police say Baker and Prince planned to rob Waldenville as he dropped off the night deposit from the restaurant.
The 25-year veteran had worked as a part-time security officer at Cattlemen's for nine years.
The 60-year old is recovering at OU Medical Center, where he remains in intensive care. To help with mounting medical bills and other costs, Cattlemen's organized the Taste of Oklahoma City in less than two weeks. More than 80 local businesses and restaurants donated to the cause.
The event raised $22,428 for Waldenville.
"John was one of those people everyone knew and liked he would go out of his way to walk people to their car and make sure they felt safe," Cattlemen's owner Dick Scrubbs said.
Less than two days after the shooting, police arrested Prince, a former Cattlemen's employee, and Baker. Both are in the Oklahoma County jail. Prosecutors have charged them each with shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm.
There are more benefits planned for the deputy. On June 25, several businesses in the 9th Street District will donate a portion of their proceeds from the night. And on June 27, there will be a benefit golf tournament at Silverhorn Golf Club. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and costs $100; that includes a round of golf, a cart ride, lunch, and range balls.
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