Authorities investigating man's death following traffic stop, shooting
BY JERRY WOFFORD World Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
9/05/12 at 1:27 PM
PERKINS -- Authorities are investigating a possible suicide after a brief chase Tuesday in Payne County.
A Payne County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a pickup after the driver ran a red light about 5 miles east of Perkins on Highway 33 about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
The driver, later identified as Clinton Craig Blakely, 27, of Cushing, refused to stop, according to the OSBI.
Perkins police set up a roadblock to attempt to stop the driver. He slowed and authorities told him to exit the vehicle. Blakely then allegedly drove forward and officers fired at the truck’s tires, which stopped the vehicle, according to the OSBI.
When officers approached, they found Blakely with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the OSBI. A gun was also found in the cab of the vehicle.
He was transported to a Stillwater hospital where he later died.
The final determination of the cause of death will be released by the medical examiner’s office.