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Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office vs Lexington Police Department argument turns hostile

Cleveland County Sheriff's Office faces off with Lexington Oklahoma Police Department

We need help arresting this SWAT police officer, please.

On January 30, 2024, a heavily armed gang of hoodlums faced off against a long-standing rival – Lexington, Oklahoma’s Lexington Police Department. A call to Cleveland County dispatch started a battle royale worthy of a prime-time television special after three bounty hunters called requesting assistance bringing in a man wanted in Tulsa on two alleged rape cases. The man was an ex-Tulsa SWAT police officer and was considered armed and dangerous.

“I’m a private investigator and a bounty hunter, and I was wondering if y’all have a sheriff’s unit that can meet us. We’ve got a big-time felon out of Tulsa. It’s an ex-Tulsa SWAT officer.” 

I don’t care if you are the sheriff, you can’t drive 85 in a 55 mph zone. But I can’t drive 55!

Cleveland County Sheriff Amason

Cleveland County dispatch (aka, the Clown Patrol) immediately sent the county SWAT (Sorry, We Aren’t Trained) team including Sheriff Chris Amason (it’s amason he’s even a sheriff – doh, make it stop!).

Amason jumped in his black SUV and sped to the scene. Unfortunately, his attempts to sneak through the sleepy town of Lexington were foiled by a wiley police officer who clocked the sheriff going 85 in a 55.

Amason did his best to weasel his way out of a ticket, explaining that he was rushing to the scene of a SWAT call nearby. He casually rolled down his window and explained:

“Sheriff Amason, just going to the SWAT callout.”

The officer was clearly confused, unaware of a SWAT operation in his town.

“I didn’t know we had one,” the officer responded.

“We have an armed guy barricaded in the house who used to be a Tulsa Police officer,” Sheriff Amason told the officer.

“Where at?” the officer asked.

“Just right down here,” the sheriff responded.

“Here in Lexington, we have an armed person that we don’t know about? Okay, I’ll call my chief and let him know.”

Hello, 911? I’d like to report two armed gangs fighting outside my home.

Lexington Police Department Chief Ronnie Johnson

Four minutes later, the officer arrived at the scene of the standoff, accompanied by Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Johnson, who gracefully dismounted his horse, swung his six-shooters to his opposite hip, and cried,

“What’s [in tarnation] is going on here? Don’t you realize I’d like to know what’s going on in my own damn city!”

“We would have notified you, sir.”

“We would have? I’ve been at the police department all fu#&ing day!”

The two law enforcement leaders argued while men from both departments stood sternly facing each other like kids on the playground about the rumble. The Lexington police officer decided a little butt-kissing was in order.

“You’re not going to talk to my chief like that, sir; that’s not gonna happen.”

That’s when Cleveland County’s version of Barney Fife stepped in to set things straight.

“You can get the f— out of my face, I don’t give a f— who you are?”

“Sheriff, you need to back up out of my face, sir.”

“You’re not gonna f—— tell me what to do motherf—–, you wanna do it?”

“You’re not gonna get in my sheriff’s face, just like you told me.”

The video shows a bit of pushing and shoving but mostly other officers “holding each other back”.

CCSO poses questionable questions about Lexington Police Department. You, you – dog killers!

Cleveland County Sheriff Amason holds back one of his goons

It appears the relationship between the two departments soured a long time ago. A statement from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office says they have had a long-standing beef with the Lexington Police Department, whom they accuse of killing dogs in the city (we presume it’s called “Animal Services”).

As for the suspect they were attempting to arrest. Fox23 previously reported Deangelo Reyes was accused of on-duty rape of a suspect in 2022 (he turned off his body cam before the alleged assault) and rape of a young woman who functioned at a fifth-grade level in 2020. He failed to show up in court, forfeiting a $150,000 bond.

Reports following the CCSO/LPD standoff say he wasn’t even at home at the time of the attempted arrest, which isn’t surprising, given the ample time he was awarded to sneak away.

Calling all cars. Calling all cars. Be aware of a BOLO regarding two heavily armed gangs dressed in brown, blue, and army green.

Video captured by the Lexington Police officer shows several officers on both sides who clearly have no place in law enforcement, once again contributing to the public’s disaffection of law enforcement. You can watch the encounter in the video below.

In the meantime, Cleveland County and Lexington residents are advised to be on the lookout for two heavily armed gangs dressed in brown, blue, and army green colors.

It’s good to see that de-escalation training is going so well

A statement from Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office was released after the incident.

Yesterday, CCSO responded as part of the South Metro SWAT callout, which includes various local agencies such as Norman PD, Moore PD, OU PD, and CCSO, to a potentially critical situation in Lexington. Bond agents, collaborating with Tulsa PD, tried multiple times to seek assistance but were refused by Lexington PD. Subsequently, they reached out to CCSO dispatch.

Lexington Oklahoma Police Department
Well, jeez, I think I see what the problem is…

Upon notification of a SWAT response, Sheriff Amason promptly headed toward the rally point, while he was exceeding the posted speed limit, he was adhering to law enforcement best practices due to his proximity to the incident. While enroute, a Lexington Police officer initiated a traffic stop on Sheriff Amason. Without delay, Amason complied and explained the situation. The interaction was brief and courteous.

Shortly after the Sheriff’s arrival at the rally point, located on Cleveland County property, a Lexington police officer entered onto the county premises during a critical incident response in progress. Upon arrival, the Lexington officer exited his official city vehicle and confrontationally engaged other first responders present. His erratic behavior led to a request for him to leave, but instead, he assaulted a CCSO Lieutenant. Sheriff Amason intervened to defuse the situation and instructed the Lexington officers to depart, citing their initial refusal to assist and lack of jurisdiction.

Undersheriff Mike Finley expressed longstanding strain in the relationship with Lexington PD, attributed to CCSO’s investigation into alleged abusive and unethical killing of dogs within the city.

 ‘I have serious reservations about the conduct of those officers and their leadership,” Finley stated. “Their actions during the incident were wholly inappropriate and unprofessional. Moreover, it’s frustrating that they seem to prioritize trivial matters, such as releasing body camera footage on minor issues, over cooperating with our investigation into the reprehensible treatment of those innocent animals.’

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