Members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s tactical team late Thursday found Mangum police officer Brian Ditmore dead inside his home in the 900 block of W Tyler, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.
Brown said it appears Ditmore, 37, shot himself in the chest after wounding his brother-in-law, Mangum Fire Chief Fred Willis, 41. The investigation is ongoing, she said.
About 2:30 p.m. someone in the home reported a domestic dispute between Ditmore and his wife. Police responded, along with Willis who lives nearby, Brown said.
“When police arrived Mr. Willis was stumbling out of the house, injured from a gunshot wound to the stomach,” Brown said.
“A few minutes later there was a single gunshot from inside the house.”
Brown said officers tried for several hours to communicate with Ditmore. They later sent an OHP robot into home and determined it was safe to enter, she said.
Willis was listed in fair condition Friday after getting surgery at Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus.
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