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Muldrow man faces firearm charge

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - A pair of Sequoyah County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic dispute Sept. 14 ended up arresting a Muldrow man on a weapons charge.

Houston Ray Burkett, 35, was charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the deputies were dispatched to 108109 S. 4759 Road after receiving a report that shots had been fired at that location. When they arrived at the scene, deputies saw a male looking out the window next to the front door of the residence. The deputies announced their presence and asked the man, identified as Burkett, to come outside the home with his hands up.

Burkett refused.

The deputies then made their way toward the home’s front door to make contact with Burkett, but he backed up into his residence and began trying to shut the door. The officers blocked the door from closing and tried to escort Burkett outside, but he became combative and began to resist.

One of the deputies took Burkett to the ground and was able to place him in handcuffs. The deputies then frisked Burkett for weapons because of the nature of the initial call. No weapons were found on Burkett.

At that point, Burkett’s mother arrived at the home. She stated that she has been to her son’s residence multiple times in the past because of fighting between him and his girlfriend. She said the girlfriend had asked her to take her home to Arkoma that day, but during the drive to Arkoma, she got out of the vehicle at a bus station.

According to the affidavit, a firearm was visible between the passenger seat and console of Burkett’s vehicle. A check with dispatch revealed that Burkett is a convicted felon, having pleaded guilty to breaking and entering in Crawford County, Ark.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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