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Man unlikely to face charges after allegedly shooting police chief

SENTINEL, Okla. -- The man who allegedly shot an Oklahoma police chief four times during an attempted arrest likely won't face criminal charges.

CBS affiliate KWTV in Tulsa reported Washita County 911 dispatchers received two calls Thursday morning, claiming there was a bomb inside the Sentinel Head Start school. The caller identified himself as Dallas Horton.

Sentinel's mayor, Sam Dlugonski, said Horton shot Police Chief Louis Ross three times in the chest and once in the arm after the chief and four Washita County sheriff's deputies raided the Horton home.

"(Ross) borrowed a (bulletproof) vest from the county before he went in, and it saved his life," said Dlugonski. "It was a blessing that he borrowed that vest."

Authorities said Horton claimed he didn't know it was an officer inside the home.

"Don't know what he heard or didn't hear, screaming from five officers of the law announcing our presence, requesting to see hands," Ross told KWTV.

The police chief is black, and the suspect is white.

After the shooting, investigators from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation searched Horton's home and found several guns and a possible explosive device. According to KWTV, the house has signs by the front door that say "Certified Zombie Killer" and "Warning: Zombies inside -- Enter at your own risk."

Dlugonski said he's known Horton his whole life.

"He loved guns, camo gear, knives. Stuff like that," said Dlugonski.

The OSBI released Horton Thursday afternoon, saying there was not enough evidence to arrest him for the shooting. Investigators said an OSBI computer analyst determined the 911 calls did not come from Horton's home.

As of Friday, Ross had not been interviewed by OSBI. He said the investigation is ongoing and didn't want to comment on Horton's release but that he has faith in the system.

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