A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a Muldrow man who reportedly shot himself in the arm and then allegedly threatened to shoot authorities if they came inside his residence.
Billy E. Waddle Jr., 44, was charged Nov. 4 in Sequoyah County District Court with possession of firearm after former felony conviction and a warrant was issued for his arrest the same day, according to court records. Associate District Judge Kyle Waters has set Waddle’s bond for $10,000.
Sequoyah County Sheriff’s deputy Galen Irvin reported on Oct. 30 he was dispatched to S. 4770 Road after a male subject (Waddle) reportedly shot himself in the arm. Irvin said he could see the man inside the residence but the man wouldn’t respond to him, according to the probable cause affidavit in the case. Irvin had dispatch call the man who reportedly told them he was “searching for another bullet.”
He also reportedly stated he didn’t want anyone in his house and if they came in, he would shoot them. The deputy tried communicating with the male subject through a window, but he continued to ignore the deputy.
Deputy Daniel Whitus knew Waddle from previous dealings and after speaking with him, Waddle agreed to open the door. When Irvin instructed Waddle to come out without the weapon, he reportedly ignored the deputy but opened the door and sat back down.
The two deputies entered the residence with Irvin pointing his gun at Waddle. Whitus reported seeing a firearm next to Waddle and reached for it, but Waddle grabbed the firearm and placed it under his chin. Irvin pulled his taser as Waddle searched the floor for a bullet to load the weapon. The deputy then deployed the taser, striking Waddle, with Waddle giving up. Whitus recovered the gun and Waddle was taken into custody.
Emergency personnel was called to check Waddle’s medical condition but he reportedly refused treatment at the scene. He then agreed to be transported to the emergency room where he was medically cleared.
If found guilty of the charge, District Attorney Jack Thorp said it is punishable by imprisonment for one to 10 years.