Pottawatomie County Sheriff's Office Releases Name Of Deputy Shot, Provides Health Update

Sunday, October 31st 2021, 9:09 am


Pottawatomie County officials release the name of a deputy recovering after being shot at a home near Pink. The suspect and his estranged wife are both dead.

Sheriff Mike Booth says deputy Garey Knoles is awake, talking with people and making great progress.

"We know things can be tragic in just a matter of minutes or seconds," said Mike Booth, Pottawattamie County Sheriff.

Just after 8 a.m. on Friday, Deputy Garey Knoles responded to a domestic call at a home near Austin Drive and Patterson Road. Investigators say 27-year-old Braedon Chesser fired multiple rounds from inside the house, hitting the deputy seven times. He was transported to a local hospital.

Related Story: OSBI Has Confirmed That Braedon Chesser Found Dead Near Home In Pink, Wife Also Dead.

"He knows a lot of people are praying for him," said Booth. "A lot of phone calls all over the place around the state.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol along with several other agencies set different perimeters in the area, trying to track down Chesser. Around 5 p.m., they found Chesser’s body about 100 yards behind his home in the woods.

They also found his wife, Sarah dead inside the house. The OSBI says they're waiting for the medical examiner to determine the couple's cause and death.

"Just the collaborative effort that state, federal, and local officials undertook today to ensure that he was located, and the public and law enforcement all remained safe," said Brook Arbeitman, with the OSBI.

News 9 learned Sarah was a nurse at SSM Health. In a statement today her employer said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Sarah’s family. This is a tragic loss for our team of nurses, providers, and support staff who worked alongside her...”

The OSBI also says Chesser’s two young kids were not inside the home with them.

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