HUGO, Okla. -- Authorities in Oklahoma on Friday identified two police officers present when at least one of them shot into a pickup truck last week and wounded three children and a man suspected in a robbery.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Brook Arbeitman confirmed that Hugo police detectives Billy Jenkins and Chad Allen were placed on paid leave after the April 26 shooting that hurt 21-year-old William Devaughn Smith and the children, ages 5, 4 and 1. All have been released from the hospital.
Smith is suspected in an April 11 armed robbery of a Pizza Hut in Hugo, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City and near the Texas state line. He is being held in the Choctaw County Jail on a pending robbery charge.
Residents and others have demonstrated in Hugo as they await more information. State Rep. Justin Humphrey, whose district includes Hugo, said he has met with community leaders is pushing authorities to be open about the investigation.