In March of 2015, a 17-hour standoff at the Riverchase Apartments between a man and the police ended in tragedy. The standoff began at about 5:30 p.m. on a Thursday and kept police on their toes, trying to get the suspect to surrender, until 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, when Bryon Creech, 36, eventually surrendered. When the police entered the apartment, they found the dead body of a 5-year-old boy inside. This was a perfect example of a wrongful death circumstance.
Before The Stand-Off According to the police, Creech came to the apartment, where his wife and child were living, in violation of a protective order the wife had filed in July 2014 when she claimed she was afraid he would hurt her or her son. Creech and his wife were in the middle of a messy divorce but maintained court-allowed joint custody of their 5-year-old son. The wife left the apartment Thursday to go to work, and some time after she left, Creech showed up at the apartment with their son, broke in and barricaded the child, Braydon, and himself inside. His wife watched remotely through surveillance cameras while he was doing this.
The wife called the police to report that Creech was inside of her apartment. Shortly after the police arrived outside of the apartment, they heard at least 10 gunshots fired inside. Police spent all night trying to convince Creech, who was 6-foot-6 and weighed 330 pounds, to surrender by phone. When he finally surrendered the next morning, he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, second-degree burglary, and violating a protective order, and booked into the Tulsa County Jail.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit In March of this year, the mother of the 5-year-old deceased child, Braydon, decided to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the father. While not many details have been released about the lawsuit, it was clear before the tragedy even occurred that the wife feared for her and her son's life, because Creech had been controlling, threatening and harassing her, and scaring their son, for years before the day he shot and killed their son.
Contact A Helpful Attorney While a wrongful death lawsuit will not bring her son back, it could provide compensation to provide her son a decent burial and encourage her to go on with her life. Cases like this require a passionate and experienced Oklahoma wrongful death lawyer who will ensure a win for the plaintiff. Contact the law offices of Frasier, Frasier & Hickman, LLP in Tulsa for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case by calling 918-779-3658.