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Thursday, October 22, 2020, the Durant Police Department were involved in a high speed chase that ended in tragedy at Coleman.
The Durant Police Department attempted to stop a reckless driver, who was driving in a stolen vehicle.
The driver of the Nissan pickup, Shawn Baumgardner, 33, of Kingston, attempted to elude officers off of a service road along Highway 69/75, then northbound on Highway 69, and exiting north onto State Highway 48 towards Johnston County.
Baumgardner continued to elude Officers north on State Highway 48, entering Atoka County and then Johnston County.
Johnston County Deputies were en route, to assist the Durant Police Department, but were not involved in the pursuit. While traveling north on State Highway 48 at the intersection of State Highway 48 and State Highway 48A, the suspect, caused a fatal collision.
Baumgardner struck another vehicle, killing the driver, Glenn Trammell and critically injuring Verna Trammell, both from Coleman.
Baumgardner was flown from the scene to Plano, Texas, for his injuries. A warrant for his arrest was produced by Trooper Brad Dansby, granted yesterday morning.
The warrant is for murder in the first degree, felony eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle. Baumgardner also has warrants out of Marshall County, and is a wanted fugitive in Colorado.
Upon his release from the hospital, Baumgardner was booked into the Collin County Jail in McKinny, Texas. He will then go through the extradition process and be brought back to Johnston County for crimes committed.
The Johnston Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are asking for the public’s assistance of anyone who witnessed the pursuit.
Anyone who has knowledge of Baumgardner’s activities in the past 24 hours, prior to the pursuit. Also any residents or businesses, which may have surveillance footage of the pursuit, crash or of Baumgardner prior to the crash make contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 580-371-2646 or the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Troop E headquarters at 580-920-1903.