Death of motorist in custody sparks Oklahoma investigation

July 8, 2019 GMT

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma are investigating the death of a motorist who was in the custody of Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies.

Officials say Jeffrey Krueger of Texas died July 1 after he struggled with deputies and was struck by a Taser in Wagoner, about 125 miles (201 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliott says Krueger was pulled over for driving recklessly and wouldn’t follow a deputy’s instructions. Elliott says the deputy drew a weapon, leading to a struggle.

Elliott says Krueger fought with deputies, who shot him with a Taser. Elliott says deputies summoned an ambulance when Krueger was having trouble breathing. He was taken to a hospital where he died.


Deputy Nick Orr and Deputy Kaleb Phillips are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.