3 arrested after shooting incident in Delaware County

Delaware County Shooting

Fong Thao, Matthew Israel, Linda Camarillo

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. – Authorities arrest three people with drugs and a gun after a weekend shooting.

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, around 9:45 p.m., deputies responded to shots fired into an occupied vehicle north Kansas, Oklahoma (Delaware County). The Sheriff’s Office says Deputies Chris Penland and Paul Dudley intercepted the suspect vehicle as they were arriving near the scene.

Four people were in the victim vehicle. According to authorities, they told the deputies that they met the suspect and thought the driver might have thought they “cut them off.” They told authorities they stopped in front of the suspects. When they pulled up they began to threaten them. The victim driver prepared to drive off and a shot was fired at their vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office says a bullet was recovered from the trunk. No one reported any injury. The victims say they immediately called 911 and fled to a private home.

Authorities identified three suspects: Linda Camarillo 43, Siloam Springs, Ark., Matthew Israel  19, Siloam Springs, Ark., Fong Thao 35, Westville, Okla.

The suspects initially told deputies they were in the remote area visiting a friend, but was unable to provide any names.

Deputy Penland saw a spent 9mm cartridge inside the vehicle and ordered all three outside where they were detained. The deputies then recovered 31 grams of methamphetamine, a quantity of unused zip lock baggies, two sets of digital scales and a 9mm handgun.

The Sheriff’s Office say the suspects told deputies they were in the area to purchase methamphetamine from another group of people and after they got it, thought it was “fake.” Israel told the deputies he fired the handgun into the ground, “just to scare the other parties.”

Authorities arrested all three and charged with Trafficking controlled dangerous substance; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon; use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Both Camarillo and Thao were found to be convicted felons.  They were charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Bonds were set on the three at arraignment hearings Tuesday morning; Camarillo and Thao at $60,000 and Israel at $45,000.