OSBI investigate homicide after standoff ends; Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper injured

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Tuesday night, Gray's Ranch, Rural Fairland, Edwin Ball allegedly shot and killed an ex-girlfriends son

UPDATE — Edwin Ball, 48, “facing multiple charges including Felony Murder and two counts of Shooting with Intent to Kill,” state the OSBI Wednesday in a media release. Ball is the center of the homicide investigation and hours-long standoff in rural Fairland Tuesday night.

The incident began Tuesday night, “when a woman and her son and brother went to her former boyfriend’s home on East 230 Road in Fairland. The suspect, Edwin Ball (48), was threatening to injure himself. Upon arriving the woman’s 25-year-old son, Brendan Van Zwell, was shot and killed and her brother, Peter Stokes, was shot and injured. Ball then barricaded himself in his residence.”

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper suffered a serious eye injury, now identified by the OHP as Trooper Jeff Laue #579.


ORIGINAL STORY: Ottawa County, Ok. (Rural Fairland) — Tuesday evening around 7:00 PM reports of a shooting and possible homicide at Gray’s Ranch on Grand Lake, E230th and S607.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrived to the area amidst gunfire from a suspect who was inside a trailer house. The suspect was firing at law enforcement. It became an hours-long standoff.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrolman suffered non-life threatening injury to an eye. He was transported to Freeman Health System in Joplin.

A special SWAT unit was called in and law enforcement surrounded the trailer house by land and water.

The OSBI are now investigating a homicide at the residence at Gray’s Ranch.


Joint Statement From OHP and OSBI

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) responded to a shooting last night in Fairland, Okla., that left one man dead and two others injured including an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper.

The incident began last night when a woman and her son and brother went to her former boyfriend’s home on East 230 Road in Fairland. Edwin Ball (48) was threatening to injure himself. Upon arriving the woman’s 25-year-old son, Brendan Van Zwell, was shot and killed and her brother, Peter Stokes, was shot and injured. Ball then barricaded himself in his residence.

OHP was requested by the Ottawa County Sheriff to assist around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday March 24. While members of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and OHP were establishing a perimeter around Ball’s residence, he began firing at them. A trooper was struck in the eye by a pellet and was taken to a hospital in Joplin, Mo., for treatment. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office also contacted the OSBI to assist with the murder investigation.

Ball remained barricaded in his residence and the OHP Tactical Team was activated. He remained barricaded for the next six hours and failed to comply with negotiators. He fired numerous rounds at the Tac Team, as well. CS Gas was introduced into the residence and troopers were finally able to take the suspect into custody around 5:15 a.m. this morning.

Ball was not injured as a result of being taken into custody but he was transported to a hospital for observation. He was then taken to the Ottawa County Jail where he is facing multiple charges including Felony Murder and two counts of Shooting with Intent to Kill.

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Stokes was taken to a hospital in Joplin, Mo., with non-life threatening injuries. No other troopers were injured.

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