Suspect Named in Shooting at Tulsa County Courthouse
Tulsa Police have released the name of the suspect in today's shooting at the Tulsa County Courthouse.
His name is Andrew Joseph Dennehy. He's 23 years old.
Dennehy is suspected of shooting one Tulsa County deputy. As many as four others were hurt during the shootout.
It happened at about 2:30 p.m. at the courthouse and nearby Tulsa City-County Library, located near 5th and South Denver. Police say Dennehy showed up in the courthouse plaza and began shooting randomly.
Deputies inside the courthouse heard the gunfire and quickly came outside and engaged the suspect, returning fire. The suspect was hit at least once and one deputy was also struck by gunfire.
A witness told Channel 8's Jack Fain that the suspect's car was parked at the northeast corner directly east of the library and that the suspect fired shots into the air, then walked across the street to the courthouse and fired several more rounds before he was shot by deputies.
EMSA tells Tulsa's Channel 8 there were at least five victims -- one male taken to St. John Medical Center in critical condition, another male taken to St. John in serious condition, one male taken to Saint Francis Hospital in fair condition and two females who were treated at the scene and refused transport.
We're told Dennehy has been taken into custody and is being taken to the hospital as well for an unknown injury. One of the victims told Tulsa's Channel 8 he witnessed the shooting and that police returned fire, striking the suspect.
The area around the courthouse has been closed off to traffic and the library has been closed. We're told the courthouse is closed except for the sixth street entrance.
In addition, a Tulsa police officer has been injured while responding to the scene. The officer came over a hill and a car pulled out in front of her cruiser, which was running with lights and sirens. The officer swerved to avoid the car, causing the cruiser to overturn.
EMSA says the 26-year-old officer was taken to OSU Medical Center in fair condition.
Dennehy was convicted in Creek County in 2007 of carrying a firearm while under the influence. He was 19 at the time.
Tulsa's Channel 8 has a crew at the scene and will have more updates as details become available.
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