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Boswell murder suspect dead after chase in Atoka County

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BOSWELL, Okla. -- This small Choctaw County community between Durant and Hugo was rocked Thursday by a crime case that involved a murder, a kidnapping, a police chase, and an officer-involved fatal shooting.

Boswell police Chief Mark Fuzzell summed it up this way: "Just an ongoing, dysfunctional relationship between three people in the State of Oklahoma."

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said it all started shortly after 1 p.m. when the Choctaw County Sheriff's Office received a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Washington Street.

When deputies arrived, they found a man identified as Jackie Lewis Allen, 51, dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators were told that the suspect, 70-year-old Mack Brinkley, had fled the scene in a pickup truck after taking his estranged wife hostage.

Neighbor and friend James Marshall said Brinkley had been pushed to his breaking point.

"He was forced into this. They just keep coming and taking stuff when he's gone," Marshall said.

According to Marshall, Brinkley's estranged wife was dating Allen. He said they had all been friends in the past. 

"They think he wasn't in bad shape about it, but he was. It just tore him apart," Marshall said.

State troopers in Atoka County located Brinkley's vehicle on Highway 3 and began a pursuit. The OSBI said troopers exchanged gunfire with Brinkley and he was killed.

His estranged wife was not injured.

"Today it ended up to,be a sad event for two people. Not an average day in Boswell, that's for sure," Chief Fuzzell said, adding that past drug abuse finally caught up with all three.

"Three people in Oklahoma that all probably need substance abuse treatment but weren't ready. And since they weren't ready, didn't get the help they needed," Fuzzell said. "As a result, it cost two of them their lives today."

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have launched an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

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