UPDATE: One dead, two injured after shooting and standoff in Ottawa County
FAIRLAND, Okla. – Authorities say one man is dead and two others are injured, including an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper, after an incident in Ottawa County, Oklahoma.
According to the OSBI, “The incident began last night when a woman and her son and brother went to her former boyfriend’s home on East 230 Road in Fairland. Edwin Ball (48) was threatening to injure himself. Upon arriving the woman’s 25-year-old son, Brendan Van Zwell, was shot and killed and her brother, Peter Stokes, was shot and injured. Ball then barricaded himself in his residence.”
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting and requested assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, March 24. While authorities were establishing a perimeter around Ball’s home, they say he began firing at them. A trooper was hit in the eye by a pellet and was taken to a hospital in Joplin, Mo., for treatment.
Authorities say Ball remained barricaded in his home and the OHP Tactical Team was activated. A joint press release states, “He remained barricaded for the next six hours and failed to comply with negotiators. He fired numerous rounds at the Tac Team, as well. CS Gas was introduced into the residence and troopers were finally able to take the suspect into custody around 5:15 a.m. this morning.”
EMS took Ball to a hospital for observation. Authorities then took him to the Ottawa County Jail where he is facing multiple charges including Felony Murder and two counts of Shooting with Intent to Kill.
EMS took Stokes to a hospital in Joplin, Mo., with non-life threatening injuries. No other troopers were injured.
The Sheriff’s Office requested help from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the murder.