NORMAN — Law enforcement officers in and around Norman earned their money Monday, usually a slow day for any kind of police activity.
The day began with the mid-morning escape and subsequent capture of two McClain County inmates who had been on a work detail at the county’s expo center. Area schools and some businesses were quickly locked down.
While that search was at its height near 24th Avenue Southwest and Boyd Street, the Bank of Oklahoma branch inside the Homeland Store up the street at 24th Avenue Northwest and Robinson was robbed.
On the interstate, a few hundred yards away, Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers were responding to a fatality accident between Robinson Street and Main Street. Wrecks are becoming all too commonplace through the construction work zone.
The search for the second escapee ended after about six hours with the capture of Taylor Brotherton under a house trailer on West Brooks Street. About 50 officers from numerous agencies were involved in the search. It’s a textbook lesson on working together with state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.