JAY – A Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured by gunfire Friday night as he attempted to arrest a man who allegedly shot at two juveniles, injuring a 17-year-old.
The suspected shooter, William Michael Demoss, 51, along with his mother, Virginia Rose Logan, 77, were taken into custody following the incident, according to a report by the Delaware County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Rick Pike was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the hip area. He remains hospitalized for observation.
According to Delaware County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel, officers were dispatched to 456 Road, the home of Demoss’s mother, after it was reported that two boys had been allegedly fired upon by Demoss.
A 17-year-old boy was shot twice with a .22 rifle, sustaining wounds in the hand and hip area. He was life-flighted to the Springdale, AR hospital, where he was treated and released. The nine-year-old boy was uninjured.
The boys were walking on the road past the Logan home when Demoss allegedly stepped from the front door onto the porch of the mobile home and started firing his weapon at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday. He offered no reason for shooting at the boys, according to Captain Teel.
Deputies arrived to find Demoss barricaded in an outbuilding on the property. Once officers had secured the scene, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
During the execution of the arrest warrant, Demoss fired through the door of the outbuilding, striking Deputy Pike in the hip area.
Demoss was called out of the building and subsequently surrendered to the officers without further incident around 11:30 p.m.
Logan was arrested for obstructing justice and harboring a fugitive.
Demoss had an outstanding arrest warrant in Delaware County for assault and/or battery with a dangerous weapon, a felony charge, filed on January 6, 2004.
His address is listed as Parsons, Kansas.
Responding agencies included the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, Jay and Eucha Fire and Rescue, Jay EMS, and the district attorney’s office. The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation was brought in for the investigation into the shooting of the officer.
Demoss is being held on anticipated felony charges of three shooting with the intent to kill charges. Logan is being held on anticipated felony charges of harboring a fugitive and obstruction of justice.
Demoss and Logan will appear in District Court Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. to be arraigned.