|U.S. Army Veteran and Private Investigator Edwin Turlington.|
The incident has placed Mr. Turlington in a four year legal battle and facing a 10 year sentence if convicted.
Mr. Turlington states he:
"Found three strangers, including convicted drug dealer Darrell Philpott cooking Meth on land his brother recently contracted for and already acquired the right to possess. Relying on his law enforcement training and experience, Ed realized the men had taken the license plates off their truck, which is a significant indicator they were going out into the community with bad intentions. Ed executed a citizen's arrest in accordance with Oklahoma statutes. Rather than submit to the lawful arrest or at least apologizing and promising not to return, Philpott, by his own admission, became combative and aggressive, picking up a glass bottle while Turlington held him at gunpoint. With Philpott coming at Ed from the front, and the other two trespassers maneuvering behind Ed, Ed shouted for Philpott to stop, but Philpott continued to rush toward Ed with the bottle in his hand. Finally, in fear for his life, Ed fired a single shot in self-defense. Ed is qualified "expert marksman" by the Military Police Corps. He fired the one shot down toward the ground, away from Philpott’s vital organs. The bullet hit Philpott near the knee at close range."
"Sheriff Harlan Moore said investigators worked through the night trying to piece together details of the incident that left one man wounded.
Moore said two men: Steven Barrett and Darrell Philpott, went to some property near the intersection of E370 and S690 to cut wood at the request of a third man who thought the property was in foreclosure. They also started a fire to burn trash on the property, a news release states.
Police say as they were leaving the logging road, a man in a black Ford pickup truck veered in front of their vehicle, forcing them to stop. The driver of the pickup, later identified as 45-year-old Ed Turlington, jumped out and approached the men carrying a small handgun.
Barrett, 31, and Philpott, 53, said the man cursed at them and made threats, telling them they were trespassing. Philpott told deputies he got out of the truck and "had an exchange of unfriendly conversation" with Turlington.
Philpott said as he turned away, Turlington shot him in the back of his right leg. Barrett and Philpott drove to a nearby hospital.
"Investigators determined the bullet entered Philpott's leg from the back side," Sheriff Moore said.
Turlington called 911 and identified himself as the shooter, saying the men were committing arson on some property his brother was buying, according to the sheriff.
"I didn't want to do it, but I couldn't get them to stop," he reportedly said.
Deputies took Turlington into custody, impounding his truck and recovering a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol. They are requesting he be charged with felony assault with a firearm on Barrett and shooting with intent to kill Philpott."
Below is a picture of the entry wound on Mr. Philpott:
|Entry gunshot wound of Mr. Philpott|
|Exit gunshot wound of Mr. Philpott.|
|E.R. Nurse notes showing bullet entered the front|
"When this this drug dealer says I shot him in the back of the leg, he is lying in a way that is not even consistent with the photos the Sheriff’s lead investigator took. The wound described as the “rear” wound was not in the back of the leg at all; the photos show a couple of wounds. One is the obvious, smaller entry hole in the front of the thigh, and the other is the much larger exit wound on the side of the leg. There are no wounds to the back of the leg, but the medical record refers to the wound on the side as the wound toward the rear.
The only person at the Emergency Room formally trained to determine the directional path of the bullet was the Wound Nurse. The Wound Nurse examined the wounds, took measurements and determined the bullet traveled from the front of the thigh ‘toward the rear’, which is consistent with the truth, and my testimony."
Mr. Turlington states that prior to purchasing his farm the area was a known meeting place for drug dealers because of its secluded location.
"For the 8 years prior to my family acquiring it, this farm was held in foreclosure. During this 8 years, drug addicts had ripped out all the electrical systems from the house, and hay barn, and chicken coop, and stole all the appliances (even the toilet), and used the place as a meeting area for drug deals and to cook meth. The farm was ideal for this because there is a couple acres of woods between it and the county road, making the house invisible to passers by.
2 weeks after acquiring the farm, I caught strangers standing around a fire, directly under a “no trespassing” sign that was posted and signed by Vern Moss, the man my family bought the place from. The men appeared to be tending to a shake and bake meth lab", Turlington ads.
He cites that Philpott did not go straight to the emergency room after being shot stating:
"Rather than immediately seeking medical treatment for his bullet wound, Philpott had his accomplices take him to a friend's house so he could change clothes first (Philpott's clothes reeked of Methamphetamine residue)."
Editor's Note: I am adding a video Edwin Turlington recorded explaining this subject along with links for additional and more detailed information.