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Man dies in shootout with tribal marshal in Delaware County, Cherokee Nation official says

Man dies in shootout with tribal marshal in Delaware County, Cherokee Nation official says

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Trifton Wacoche, 26, of Spavinaw, allegedly opened fire on a Cherokee Nation Marshal Service officer, whose returning fire killed Wacoche.

KENWOOD — A Spavinaw man was killed in an alleged exchange of gunfire with a Cherokee Nation Marshal Service officer early Sunday.

Around 1:30 a.m., a suspect was reportedly fleeing from authorities with the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office near Kenwood, according to Julie Hubbard, Cherokee Nation spokeswoman.

She said the suspect was identified as Trifton Wacoche, 26, of Delaware County. A second suspect was arrested at the scene, she said.

No further information was available on what prompted Wacoche and the other suspect to allegedly elude authorities. Sheriff’s officials relayed inquiries to tribal law enforcement.

When Wacoche opened fire during the pursuit, a Marshal Service officer returned fire and killed Wacoche, Hubbard said.

The officer, who remains unidentified, was unharmed, Hubbard said; he remains on administrative leave during a routine federal investigation.

Wacoche has served time in Oklahoma Department of Corrections custody on convictions including domestic assault, according to online court records.

Kenwood has a population of about 1,000 and is located 65 miles northeast of Tulsa in southern Delaware County on Cherokee Nation reservation land.

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