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Oklahoma Militia Member Kills Wife and Shoots Deputy Sheriff 7 Times

Oklahoma Militia Member Kills Wife and Shoots Deputy Sheriff 7 Times

Suspect Braedon Chesser

Suspect Braedon Chesser

Pottawotomie County Deputy Who Was Shot 7 Times Identified

A law enforcement official identified the Pottawatomie County deputy who was allegedly shot seven times by a suspect who was later found dead in Bethel Acres.


Pottawatomie County Deputy Garey Knoles was shot seven times after responding to domestic violence call Friday in Bethel Acres.

Now, his loved ones and the sheriff told KOCO 5 about how the deputy is doing today.

“It’s just amazing to watch him and how he responds to things,” Sheriff Mike Booth said.

The sheriff was finally able to see his deputy in the hospital.

“He’s joked around a little bit in with some of the guys and upbeat about everything,” Booth said.

Knoles has been with the department for a year and a half and was shot seven times in the leg and stomach on Friday by 27-year-old Braedon Chesser.

“Just like he was when he went on the call, he thought of everybody else ahead of himself,” Booth said.

Knoles was one of the first officials to respond to the domestic violence call and is now recovering at OU Health.

He is already attempting physical therapy and is working with a rehabilitation coordinator.

His wife told KOCO 5 that she is thankful he made it through alive.

“He’s the strongest man I know. He’s so kind. He was worried about getting to Sarah,” she said.

The man who allegedly shot Knoles was later found dead in the woods behind the home. His estranged wife, 25-year-old Sarah Chesser, was found dead inside their home.

Sarah was an ER nurse who worked at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital-Shawnee for less than a year. She leaves behind two young boys.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Press Release


October 29, 2021

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is announcing the suspect accused of shooting a Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy this morning has been located deceased. Multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been involved in the search for 27-year-old Braedon Chesser.

The search began just before 8 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy responding to a domestic violence call at Chesser’s residence near Austin Dr. and Patterson Road in Bethel Acres was shot. Law enforcement that were nearby were able to get the deputy to safety. The deputy was transported to OU Medical Center and is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

Around 5 p.m. Chesser was found deceased in the woods about 100 yards behind his home. Law enforcement also found the body of Chessers estranged wife, 25-year-old Sarah Chesser, inside the residence deceased. No one else was home at the time of the incident.

The scene has been secured and OSBI Crime Scene Agents and the FBI’s Evidence Response Team are processing the residence, as well as the location where Chesser’s body was found.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. More information will be released as necessary.

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