The Edmond Sun

May 3, 2013

Deputies investigate Luther shooting

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An investigation into a shooting that left one woman dead and her husband with multiple gunshot wounds continues, police said.

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Myers said just after 3 p.m. Thursday deputies and officers from the Luther Police Department responded to a shooting call at 21351 N.E. 122nd St. near Luther.

When a deputy arrived he found Matthew Strickland, 24, sitting in a car wearing tactical protective gear including a bullet proof vest, Myers said. Strickland was taken into custody without incident at gunpoint, Myers said.

Once Strickland was secured, the deputy then went inside a nearby mobile home and found Jill Sides, 46, deceased with a gunshot wound to the head, Myers said.

Her husband, Ottie Sides, 60, also had been shot multiple times, but was alive, Myers said. Paramedics responded and transported him to OU Medical Center; he is expected to survive his wounds, Myers said.

OCSO investigators determined Matthew Strickland went to visit his mother and step-father when there was an altercation and all three parties pulled out guns and started firing, Myers said.

Strickland, who shot his mother and stepfather, was hit by bullets but was not seriously injured due to the fact he was wearing a bullet proof vest, Myers said.

OCSO detectives booked Strickland into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, Myers said. Detectives were still attempting to speak with Sides at the hospital, he said.

Strickland is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bond.