A fishing license check turns deadly in Oklahoma after a man tried to drown a game warden.
At 11:10 a.m. on April 26, 2015 an Oklahoma game warden stopped three men at a pond in Adair County. Upon asking for their fishing licenses the warden discovered one of the men, 29-year-old Billy Joe Patrick, was wanted for a parole violation in Arkansas.
While the officer was attempting to take him into custody, Patrick began fighting back and they both fell into the pond. Patrick then began holding the officer under the water in an attempt to drown him. After fighting his way to the surface the game warden drew his weapon and shot Patrick. Billy Joe Patrick was pronounced dead at the scene.
OSBI officials, Adair County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation are still investigating the incident. They will not be releasing the involved warden’s name unless he is charged with a crime. He was treated for minor injuries before being released on paid leave for the remainder of the investigation.
The Adair County district attorney is awaiting the evidence and witness statements to decide if the shooting was indeed justified.