MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 3, 2013

Warner police chief shoots man

Victim was attempting suicide with knife, investigator says

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— A Muskogee County man was hospitalized after being shot Monday by the Warner police chief, who was trying to keep the man from committing suicide, an official said.

Matthew Hubbuck, 33, was taken to EASTAR Health System by Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service. He was listed in fair but stable condition at approximately 7:45 p.m., said a nursing supervisor at EASTAR.

Warner police received a call at 5:48 p.m. from a woman about a man who was attempting suicide. Police Chief Terry Thompson responded to the call, said Richard Slader, an investigator for the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office.

When Thompson arrived at the home at 1507 N. Second St., Hubbuck was trying to cut himself with a knife.

“Terry tried to stop him physically, but couldn’t,” Slader said.

Hubbuck ran back inside the house and Thompson followed. Hubbuck ran to a room in the back of the house, and they had a confrontation. That’s when Thompson shot Hubbuck, Slader said.

Muskogee County sheriff’s deputies were called to assist Warner police, and Slader also was called.

As a matter of procedure, Thompson was sent home following the shooting.

“They don’t let the officers involved talk until they get their lawyers,” Slader said. “I sent him home. We’ll talk to him later on when he gets with his attorney. That’s the way they do it now.”

An officer was sent to EASTAR to accompany Hubbuck.

“I think he’s going to be OK from what I’m getting,” Slader said.

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