Texan wanted in Fort Smith shot

Man, 45, hit sis­ter with gun, fled to Ok­la­homa where he was killed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DAVE HUGHES

A Texas man wanted in Fort Smith for do­mes­tic bat­tery and as­sault was shot and killed in Ok­la­homa on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon by the Se­quoyah County sher­iff.

Se­quoyah County Un­der­sh­er­iff Greg Cox said Sher­iff Larry Lane shot James Wil­liam Huskey, 45, about 1:45 p.m. Wed­nes­day dur­ing a strug­gle at a McDon­ald’s restau­rant in Sal­li­saw, Okla. Huskey shot at Lane and his chief deputy, Cox re­ported, and the sher­iff re­turned fire.

“‘I’m go­ing to shoot you. You’re go­ing to have to kill me,’” Cox said Huskey re­peated dur­ing the strug­gle.

Huskey con­tin­ued to strug­gle after he was shot, Cox said, and had to be hand­cuffed be­fore emer­gency per­son­nel ar­rived and took him to Se­quoyah Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Sal­li­saw, where he was later de­clared dead.

Lane and Chief Deputy Charles House weren’t in­jured in the strug­gle. They were on leave Thurs­day, pend­ing an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the shoot­ing, Cox said. Cox called the Ok­la­homa High­way Pa­trol to in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing be­cause of the in­volve­ment of the sher­iff’s of­fice and Sal­li­saw po­lice of­fi­cers.

“They are in good spir­its and seem to be cop­ing with the prob­lem real well,” Cox said, not­ing Lane and House are vet­eran law en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

Fort Smith po­lice alerted Sal­li­saw of­fi­cials to be on the look­out for Huskey. Fort Smith po­lice were ob­tain­ing felony war­rants for Huskey for se­cond-de­gree do­mes­tic bat­tery, ag­gra­vated as­sault and be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

A news re­lease from the Fort Smith Po­lice Depart­ment said Huskey’s sis­ter Misty Cox, 39, re­ported Wed­nes­day morn­ing her brother ar­rived at her home in the 4600 block of Mus­sett Road and asked for help. She re­fused, know­ing Huskey was wanted in Texas on sex­ual as­sault charges.

Misty Cox told po­lice when she re­fused to help him, Huskey hit her on the side of her head with a hand­gun and fired one round into a wall, the re­lease said. He drove off in a black Chrysler 200 with Texas tags.

Misty Cox was treated at a Fort Smith hos­pi­tal for a cut on her left ear, the re­lease said.

The re­lease said po­lice con­sid­ered Huskey to be armed and dan­ger­ous.

The Sal­li­saw Po­lice Depart­ment re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from Fort Smith of­fi­cials Huskey had con­nec­tions to the area, Greg Cox said. Sal­li­saw po­lice con­tacted the sher­iff’s of­fice, and 12-15 of­fi­cers from both de­part­ments be­gan to search for Huskey in Sal­li­saw.

Lane and House stopped to search the McDon­ald’s restau­rant just off In­ter­state 40, Cox said. As House was walk­ing to­ward the re­stroom, he spot­ted Huskey in a booth. House con­tin­ued to walk to the re­stroom so he wouldn’t alert Huskey. Once in­side, House called Lane to tell him about Huskey’s lo­ca­tion.

Both men then ap­proached Huskey. As they did, Huskey pulled out a small 38-cal­iber re­volver. Lane grabbed the gun as he and House strug­gled to ar­rest Huskey, Greg Cox said.

Dur­ing the strug­gle, Huskey pulled his gun free from Lane’s hand and fired one shot, which didn’t hit any­one. Lane then drew his gun and shot Huskey.

One restau­rant cus­tomer was nearby when the strug­gle started but col­lected his be­long­ings and moved away, Cox said.

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