Oklahoma City OK May 24 2011 One of the two men arrested in the weekend shooting of an Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy had previously worked as a dishwasher at the restaurant from which the deputy was carrying a bank deposit, the owner said.
Suspect in deputy shooting once worked at Cattlemen’s Keonta Stephan Terrell Prince, 18, and Christopher Travis Baker, 28, were arrested on complaints of shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm in the shooting early Saturday of Oklahoma County sheriff’s Maj. John Waldenville, officials said.
Prince and Baker have not been charged and remained Monday in the Oklahoma County jail. Prince is being held without bail and bail has not been set for Baker, a jail spokeswoman said.
Prince worked for about three months at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Stockyards City. Waldenville was taking a deposit from the restaurant to a nearby bank about midnight when two men shot and robbed him, restaurant owner Dick Stubbs said.
Prince quit his job about a month ago, the owner said. He said he didn’t know much about Prince or why he quit.
Deputy still recovering
Waldenville, 60, remained in critical condition Monday at OU Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said. Officials said he was shot once over his right eye, and doctors were not able to save it.
Waldenville suffered multiple injuries to his head and face but is expected to survive, Sheriff John Whetsel said.
“He’s holding is own, and that’s about all you can ask for right now,” Whetsel said Monday.
Waldenville is a 25-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and is supervisor of the administrative services bureau. He was in uniform and attacked from behind or the side, authorities said.
The investigation into the ambush and robbery is ongoing, Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. Officials have not yet recovered money stolen in the incident.
Cattlemen’s has changed the way its night deposits are handled, Stubbs said, adding he couldn’t say how for security reasons. The restaurant has arranged to have another security guard while Waldenville recovers.
Stubbs said restaurant employees are praying for a speedy and full recovery for Waldenville, but otherwise declined further comment.
Prince and Baker were arrested Sunday after law officers spent the weekend canvassing the Oklahoma City area. Prince was arrested at a motel at SW 3 and Meridian Avenue, and Baker was arrested at an apartment near NW 10 and Rockwell Avenue.