Services set for Oklahoma Deputy killed in barrage of gunfire, second Deputy will recover

Press conference update on the investigation
Officers salute in respect as the body of Sgt Bobby Swartz will pass by into the Merritt Funeral Home at Bethany, Oklahoma. Visitation is Thursday and Funeral is Friday.

OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. — Monday, August 22, shortly after 1 p.m. three officers were serving an eviction notice and were met with gunfire. Two Deputies were struck. Sgt Bobby Swartz died a few hours later.


The surviving officer Deputy Mark Johns of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office.

We learn Tuesday from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Dept that the second officer, wounded, Deputy Mark Johns is out of surgery and recovering.

Deputy Johns was with Sgt Bobby Swartz Monday serving lock-out paperwork when a gunman opened fire with a rifle, striking Sgt. Swartz and killing him.  Deputy Johns used his body to try to shield Sgt. Swartz from the barrage of gunfire.  A round struck Deputy Johns, clipping his femoral artery.  Tuesday, doctors performed surgery to fix his artery and remove shrapnel from his abdomen.  Deputy Johns is a hero who was willing to lay down his life for his friend; a testimony to the character of both men.  Monday, as he held Sheriff Tommie Johnson’s hand, he apologized for not being able to save Bobby.  Our prayers are with Deputy Johns that he heals from the physical and emotional scars he now carries.” — OK CO SHERIFF

Tuesday evening law enforcement from around the region escorted Sgt. Bobby Swartz, to Bill Marritt Funeral Home.

  • THURSDAY: Visitation 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Merritt Funeral Home, 6201 NW 39th Expy Bethany, OK 73008
  • FRIDAY: Funeral to be held at 1:00 pm at Crossings Church

| RELATED >> Two Deputies Shot serving eviction paperwork in Oklahoma City, one does not survive. 

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