Suspects stop when citizen fires warning shots

Last updated: March 13. 2014 10:52AM - 574 Views
By - mswearengin@civitasmedia.com

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Two men are accused of burglarizing a salvage yard after they were arrested last weekend when a citizen held them at gunpoint.

Casey Wayne Littrell, 21, and Justin William Wells, 21, both of Durant, were charged this week with felony second-degree burglary and misdemeanor possession of burglary tools.

They were arrested early Saturday after officers with the Durant Police Department and the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police responded to a theft in progress call at Salvage City on East Highway 70.

Police were dispatched after Bo Bishop, who owns a lot containing junk cars next to the salvage yard, saw people with flashlights inside the salvage yard, according to a Durant Police report,

Four Durant officers and two tribal police officers responded, and Durant Master Police Officer Wesley Crank used a thermal imager to spot the men who were then on Bishop’s property, according to a police report.

The report stated that the men began running toward a fence, and then another man, later identified as Bishop, fired three shots from a handgun. When officers arrived, Bishop was holding a pistol on the suspects. Bishop then put the pistol in his jacket pocket and police arrested the suspects, later identified as Littrell and Wells.

Bishop told police items had been stolen from his cars recently so he went to his lot to check when he saw people with flashlights in Salvage City. According to the report, Bishop hid and then observed the suspects enter his property. He said he did not want them to get away so he fired two warning shots into the ground.

Police recovered a duffel bag and backpack the suspects dropped, according to the report, and vehicle parts were found inside.

According to police, both suspects confessed to the burglary and said they were going to sell the stolen parts to a scrap yard. Wells told Officer Crank they stopped and put their hands up after hearing the gun shots because they thought the police were trying to shoot them.

Bishop was cited for discharging a firearm and his pistol was then returned to him, according to the report.

Preliminary hearing conferences for Littrell and Wells are scheduled March 26.

Matt Swearengin can be reached at 924-4388 or DDDEditor@Twitter.com

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