Oklahoma police search for pair suspected of killing officer

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Posted: Aug 17, 2015 12:15 PM

By Heide Brandes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Police in Oklahoma were searching on Monday for a man and a woman suspected of killing an off-duty policeman and the male suspect's father over the weekend in a family dispute related to a pickup truck.

Sapulpa Police Lieutenant Trey Pritchard, 46, was found dead in a suburban Oklahoma City motel room in Midwest City on Saturday night along with his cousin Jeffrey Grafton, also 46, whose son is a suspect, according to police.

First degree murder warrants have been issued for Grafton’s 22-year-old son Jonathan Grafton, and his 21-year-old girlfriend Daphne Mason. According to Midwest City police, the younger Grafton allegedly took his father’s truck without permission and checked into the motel on Saturday.

The truck had a GPS system, which Pritchard and Jeffrey Grafton used to track it to the motel, according to police, who did not give any details about the killings.

"It's sad when anybody loses their life, especially if it's done by who we believe is a relative of one of the victims," Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said, adding the pickup truck has been recovered.

In a separate Oklahoma incident over the weekend, a suspect accused of shooting a Tulsa officer in the leg during a pursuit died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as a special operations team prepared to arrest him.

That suspect, Jeremie Kelly, 26, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The officer who was shot, Corporal Gene Watkins, was recovering from injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Susan Heavey)