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Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:48 AM

Eddie Ray Maxwell

Eddie Ray Maxwell, 36, was killed by Tahlequah police last night after he allegedly killed his wife, Rachel, according to family members.

“I tried to talk you into surrendering,” Travis Scott, who claimed to be on the phone with Maxwell at the time, complained on Facebook. “I heard them shots and it really fucced me up!”

The family members claim Maxwell was shot 15 times after police tried to get him to surrender for an hour, though the circumstances surrounding the shooting are at this time unclear.

“Meth is an epidemic and it is out of control,” Amie Maxwell, mother of some of Maxwell’s children, said. “I hurt for my kids the most, and I’m angry at you for taking Rachel’s life.”

The family members said Rachel Maxwell was killed during an argument over infidelity, but could not say which party was accused of it. She allegedly received a gunshot to the head.

Tahlequah Police have not yet commented on this story. When they do, we will update here.

UPDATE 9:09 a.m.: Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King responded to our request for comment with the following release:

On November 6, 2019 at approximately 1948 hrs.the Tahlequah Police Department received multiple calls of gunshots at 611 Pamela St. in Tahlequah, the last of which was from a woman who indicated her sister, Rachel Maxwell 40 yoa of Tahlequah, had been shot in the head by her estranged husband, Eddie Ray Maxwell Sr. 37 yoa of Muskogee. The caller indicated she ran out of the apartment and did not know where Mr. Maxwell was at the time of the call.

Response:: Multiple officers arrived on scene within minutes and notified dispatch they were in a stand-off at 1955 hrs. Officers Steven Smith, Detective Elden Graves, Chief Nate King, Officer Matt Frits, and Lt. Brandon Vick made entry into the residence. Eddie Maxwell was discovered in the living room and a revolver could be seen in his right hand. Despite multiple attempts to persuade Maxwell to surrender he refused. The Cherokee Nation Marshal Service S.W.A.T. Team, who had been requested by Chief King, arrived and relieved Tahlequah officers in the residence. After a few minutes shots were fired by one of the Marshals striking and subsequently killing Eddie Ray Maxwell. Rachel Maxwell was found in the residence and pronounced deceased. The OSBI is investigating the incident.


  • Case #: 1911T0477 Time of Call: 1948 hrs. Time of Arrival:1951 hrs.
  • Suspect: Eddie Ray Maxwell Sr. DOB 2/21/1982 Address: Muskogee
  • Victim Rachel Dawn Maxwell DOB: 1/24/1979 Address: Tahlequah
  • Body camera footage of the Tahlequah Police Department will be made available no later than November 12th.

This is a tragic event and two families are mourning the loss of loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and friends of those involved along with the officers who responded to the scene. A special thank you to the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, G.R.D.A. Police, Cherokee Nation EMS, and Norhteastern Health Systems EMS for their assistance with this incident.