Alleged ambulance thief wanted in connection to Choctaw County death
CHOCTAW COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - The OSBI and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma are seeking for information regarding the whereabouts of a Soper man in connection to the death of Delbert Hedrick.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Reid Smith Lester Jordan, 27, of Soper, Oklahoma, after he allegedly stole an ambulance from the Choctaw County Ambulance Authority in February.
According to OSBI, on the evening of February 28, 2021, Choctaw County EMS responded to a call at 500 block of Clay Street in Soper, OK., because Hedrick was experiencing chest pains.
“My partner asked me, ‘you didn’t move the ambulance did you?’ and I said ‘no’,” said Cassandra Pemberton, a paramedic dispatch to Hedrick’s medical call.
While paramedics were treating Hedrick inside the residence, an unidentified male jumped in the ambulance and drove away.
“We knew he needed to be at the hospital and he needed to be there now,” Pemberton said.
After realizing the ambulance had been stolen, Paramedics instructed Hedrick’s wife to take him to the Paris, TX Regional Medical Center.
While en route, Hendrick became unresponsive.
They were met along the highway by Paris, TX police and fire who attempted CPR until an ambulance could arrive.
The crew continued to perform life-saving measures but Hedrick succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at Paris Regional Medical Center.
“I know what my paramedic and EMT went through that night,” said Choctaw County Ambulance Authority Executive Director Randy Springfield. “They’re still living with it to this day.”
After a thorough investigation, Choctaw Nation Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for Jordan, who is a member of the Choctaw Nation.
“We do believe he was drug seeking and at the time he was probably under the influence which made him commit this act,” Springfield said. “He was looking for narcotics and was unable to find them.”
He is currently facing charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree and Malicious Injury to Property. His bond is set at $100,000.
“I feel like we’re one step close to justice,” Springfield said. “We keep in contact with them as they have a vested interest in this just like us. They just want to see, along with our local law enforcement, they want this man behind bars.”
If you know Jordan’s whereabouts, contact the Choctaw Nation Dispatch at (580) 920-1517 or the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can remain anonymous.
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