Former police chief Jarod Barnes has been charged with feloniously pointing a firearm following an incident in May that cost him his job.
A summons has been filed ordering Barnes to appear in district court at 1:30 p.m. June 18. Failure to appear will result in an arrest warrant. The charge was filed Thursday.
The charge states that on May 9, Barnes “willingly pointed a Springfield .40 caliber semi-auto pistol at Betenia Murphy for the purpose of threatening or with the intention of discharging the firearm or with any malice or for injuring, either through physical injury or mental or emotional intimidation of, for purposes of whimsy, humor or prank, or in anger or otherwise and for other than a lawful purpose, contrary to the form of the statute in such cases made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the State of Oklahoma.” If convicted, the crime is punishable by imprisonment of 1 to 10 years.
Murphy was a dispatcher for the Healdton Police Department, and the incident took place while at work. Interim City Manager Brian Scribner had previously told The Ardmoreite a city employee contacted the district attorney’s office. DA investigator Marc Sanders conducted the investigation.
Barnes was terminated as police chief by Scribner, who described the action as “for the good of the service.” Barnes has also served as an officer for the Wilson and Lone Grove police departments.