Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation into the fatal shooting of burglary and auto theft suspect Travis Edward Baker is ongoing.
FAIRLAND - Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd is the officer involved in the weekend fatal shooting of Travis Edward Baker, according to Ottawa County Undersheriff Dan Cook. Cook said Floyd has been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete as is protocol in such instances.
“As far as the details about the case I can’t tell you more, but it was him,” Cook said. “I really don’t want to go into too much detail because it is under investigation.”
Baker, 42, is suspected of burglary and auto theft, was fatally shot by Floyd late Saturday afternoon. The fatal shooting occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday near a rural Fairland residence located just past County Road 618 at a bend in 210 Road.
According to an earlier statement released by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Sheriff Floyd fatally shot Baker after he reportedly pointed a handgun at the lawman. Earlier in the day, Baker was suspected of stealing several cars and breaking into homes in Ottawa County and area law enforcement officers engaged in a vehicle pursuit.
Baker abandoned his vehicle and tried to run from the area. Several officers pursued him on foot in a wooded area until the fatal incident occurred.
Baker died at the scene.
“The Sheriff is expected to be, hopefully by the end of this week, if not by midweek next week, back on duty,” Cook said.
Cook could not release any information regarding whether or not Baker had a gun in his possession, but the OSBI statement does indicate the suspect may have been armed.
According to Cook, rumors that Baker may have been shot in the back are false.
“Absolutely not,” Cook said. “The suspect was not shot in the back.”
More information will be released as soon as it becomes available, according to Cook.
“Multiple agencies responded,” Cook said.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Eastern Shawnee Tribal Police, Wyandotte Nation Tribal Police, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fairland Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Quapaw Tribal Marshals, Grand Lake Dam Authority and the Deputies of Ottawa County participated in the pursuit, responded and were on scene in various capacities.
OSBI special agents will prepare a comprehensive report for the Ottawa County District Attorney Kenny Wright. The district attorney will make the determination whether the shooting was justified.