More details are now becoming available from Monday night’s shooting in southern Logan County that sent one person to the hospital and another behind bars.
Logan County deputies responded to the 10000 block of W. Sarah Road — north of the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave. and Charter Oak Road — Monday night after a person called 911 saying someone had been accidentally shot and that the bullet(s) had ricocheted. Related article: Deputies investigating shooting; person of interest identified
Upon arrival, deputies were told the shooting victim (a female) was taken to the Deer Creek fire station by a friend and the person who had called 911 was no longer at the scene.
Two hours later, 35-year-old Travis Lee Payton, was arrested in Cleveland County by the Oklahoma City Police Department.
According to court documents, the female stated that her and Payton had gotten into an argument over money that she had lost. When Payton demanded the money, he got angry and fired the shotgun in the opposite direction to scare her.
She told Payton, “You’re going to shoot me if you’re not careful.”
Moments later, Payton turned and fired the shotgun again and struck the female in the abdomen, according to her statement to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).
“You shot me,” she said.
Payton allegedly told her, “Whatever, you’re faking it.”
The female lifted her shirt to show she had been shot.
A nearby witness said they heard two gun shots, began walking in that direction and heard the female say “you shot me.” The witness help controlled the bleeding by grabbing a towel.
The witness (a relative) confronted Payton, who has numerous prior felony convictions, “What did you do? Why did you even have a gun when you know you’re not supposed to have one?”
Payton responded, according to the witness, “It had to be a ricochet, I wasn’t even pointing it at her. I’m leaving, I’m not going back to jail.”
Deputies were able to send out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for Payton, who was seen driving off in a silver Chevrolet HHR.
In a jail interview, Johnson told agents he denied using the shotgun, or any other gun in the incident.
Payton admitted to holding a shotgun shell firmly on the patio deck of his residence with his fingers, striking the shell with a hammer causing it to discharge and to ricochet.
Payton said he called 911.
With a search warrant, agents found a shotgun in Payton’s master bedroom closet. Inside the gun they found a shot shell in the chamber. Agents also found two additional black bird shot shell (previously fired) on the patio deck. The shotgun shell found on the porch was the same as the two black bird shells that were found loaded in the shotgun magazine that was found in the residence.
Payton was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. He was given a $250,000 bond.
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