Matthew Crittenden, 30, police chief in Webbers Falls, was upset that Officer Justin Truett hadn’t made as many traffic stops as he thought should be made, so he drunkenly tried to punch Truett in the groin and did punch him in the torso before later pointing a gun at his head in the Webbers Falls Police Station, according to an affidavit filed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in a felony case against Crittenden.
Crittenden was charged today in Muskogee County District Court with felony assault and battery on a police officer, feloniously pointing a firearm and carrying a firearm while under the influence.
Several Webbers Falls police officers witnessed the gun pointing part of the night, according to the affidavit.
One officer stated that Crittenden grabbed a bottle of Grey Goose vodka from an evidence storage cabinet while already unsteady on his feet and smelling of alcohol — and while his service pistol was on his hip. While discussing Truett, the other officer said Crittenden took several drinks from the bottle.
“During the conversation, Woody heard Crittenden tell Truett to wipe the smug grin off of his face and Crittenden asked Truett if he needed to fire rounds (bullets) over the head of Truett to motivate Truett to produce more results at work. Woody then observed Crittenden remove a black pistol from a holster on the side of Crittenden and point the pistol at the head area of Truett,” the affidavit states. “Woody stated during an interview that if a person on the street did the same thing, that person would have likely been shot.”
Several officers told investigators that Crittenden had threatened to kick and whoop Truett’s ass during the night.
Officers also told investigators that after they had talked him down, Crittenden stumbled to his vehicle and tried to drive off, only to be physically removed by other officers and told he would be arrested for DUI if he attempted to drive. Two children were in the vehicle at the time.
OSBI investigators said they reviewed a video that showed Crittenden choking and punching Truett outside the police building. Truett neither provoked nor responded to Crittenden’s attack, they stated.
A warrant has been issued for Crittenden’s arrest.