Southwest OKC Hotel Clerk claims self-defense in nighttime shooting


Oklahoma City police are investigating a shooting Tuesday at a hotel in the city’s southwest involving a hotel employee and an unwanted guest.

Police responded just after 1 a.m. to the Travelers Inn near Interstate 40 and MacArthur Boulevard.

As police questioned the 69-year-old hotel worker, paramedics loaded William Carter, 38, into an ambulance to be taken to hospital.

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“They made contact with a person who had (a) a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder,” the Oklahoma City Police Department sergeant said. said Dillon Quirk.

The front desk clerk told police that Carter was trying to break down one of the hotel room doors. The employee told Carter to leave but instead said that Carter had requested a free room.

“The man became very aggressive with the employee,” Quirk said. “Made threats to the employee.”

The clerk told officers he called the company security company and came out to see if Carter was gone. Witnesses said employee Carter was still on the property.

According to the report, Carter ran towards the man, approaching him and allegedly threatening his life. The employee told police he feared for his life and shot Carter several times.

Witnesses confirmed hearing four gunshots. Several hotel guests reported hearing the confrontation between Carter and the employee.

“The shooter has not been arrested so far,” Quirk said. “It will be up to the prosecutor to decide whether charges will be brought.”

Carter was arrested and taken to the Oklahoma County Detention Center on outstanding fraud warrants after being treated and released from the hospital.


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