Suspected courthouse shooter has criminal past


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Updated: 3/08/2012 10:00 am Published: 3/07/2012 9:47 pm


A wedding on the Tulsa County Courthouse plaza ended after a man opens fire and shoots a deputy Wednesday afternoon.

"We just got away as soon as we heard the shots being fired,” said Reverend Angela Reudelhuber, the minister who was performing the marriage ceremony.

The shooting happened around
2:30 p.m. Wednesday outside the Tulsa County Courthouse Plaza at 5th and S. Denver.

Tulsa Police are taking over the investigation and say 23-year old Andrew "Joe" Dennehy opened fire on the deputy.


Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reports Dennehy was pacing the plaza, when he was confronted by deputies.  They say he started shooting, and a bullet hit a deputy in the hands. 

Deputies returned fire, and Dennehy was critically wounded. 
A bystander was hit by the crossfire. Both the bystander and the deputy are recovering and expected to be okay. Dennehy is in intensive care.

Dennehy has a criminal past.  Records show he’s never spent time in prison, but received several deferred or suspended sentences and had other charges dropped.


Records show in 2007, when Dennehy was 19, he was convicted of carrying a firearm while under the influence in
Creek County, a misdemeanor.  Also in 2007, in Tulsa County, he received a deferred sentence for marijuana.

In 2008, in
Tulsa County he was given a suspended sentence for drunk driving and in 2010, he was convicted of misdemeanor public intoxication in Okmulgee County.

Now he’s accused of firing shots in the courthouse plaza and hitting one deputy and a bystander.


"I heard three or four initial gunshots. When I got there I hid behind another planter with another individual,” said courthouse employee Ash Jones.


He was coming back from getting coffee at the café inside the Mayo Hotel.


"He [Dennehy] was pacing around. Then the deputies exited the building and commanded he drop his weapon. He proceeded to stand up and fire aimlessly at the courthouse and hit one of them,” said Jones.


"We just heard shots, my small group we ducked down really low and got back inside,” said Rev. Reudelhuber.

When she ran into the library she said it was chaos.


"Everyone around me started panicking and running,” she said. 


Other witnesses started capturing pictures from cell phones and cameras.


Records show the shooting suspect’s brother, Brian Dennehy, was killed in a gunfight with a Tulsa police officer in August of 2005.


Brian Dennehy was wanted by police in
Oklahoma City for beating his 81-year-old grandfather to death.

When stopped by
Tulsa police at 51st and Harvard, Dennehy fired shots at a homicide detective who shot back killing Brian Dennehy.

Investigators say it was another Dennehy in Wednesday’s shootout, but a similar scene.


Ash Jones says it was all surreal and unforgettable.


"I wasn't concerned about getting hit in my mind I was just kind of there. It was very a mindful moment. You are just seeing the events go by and nothing else is going on up here,” said Jones.


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Unwashed Mass - 8/15/2012 11:12 AM
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'A bullet that struck a bystander near the Tulsa County Courthouse on Wednesday likely was fired by a sheriff's deputy, police believe.' "I've looked at the video, and it is my opinion that it is going to be an errant deputy shot," Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker said Monday. "It's the only one that is going to make any sense, but we haven't confirmed that."

49princess - 3/10/2012 4:56 PM
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bupkus give is a rest. Lots of people would have four convictions if they had to put up with your non-sense. Seems anyone with eyes that can read can see your an airbag.

bupkus - 3/9/2012 1:06 AM
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Lots of people are tax paying citizens. Lots of people are doctors. Lots of people don't have four convictions in four years and two sons with the appalling track records of Brian and Joe Dennehy. It seems anyone with eyes can clearly see "who Joe or his dad is".

49princess - 3/8/2012 9:36 PM
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I'm thinking some of you have to much time on your hands. Especially bpkus. I can tell you if your child did the same thing you would be in a different frame of mind. Joe's dad may have a drinking problem but so do many people. He is a tax paying citizen. He is a Radiologist so obviously not an idiot. Who knows he may have read your X-rays. I think it is funny to fire back when I ultimately will get the last laugh. You have no idea who Joe or his dad is. I can only tell you by all the comments that there are a bunch of perfect people in the Tulsa area. God Bless!

Mrs Glenpool - 3/8/2012 3:55 PM
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I so agree with "sjmason1" It sounds like this idot got wayyyyyy too many slaps on the hand. This dirtbag's parents did an absolute HORRIBLE job raising these guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bupkus - 3/8/2012 2:45 PM
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According to the OK Supreme Court Network website, the shooter's father Daniel C. Dennehy also has recent convictions for discharging a firearm in a public place (2008), DUI (2009), public intoxication (2011) and resisting arrest (2011).

t town253 - 3/8/2012 11:22 AM
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I am so sick of our judicial system. We come down so hard on the minor offenses yet slap these crazy folks like this dude on the back of their hands and tell them bad shame on you dont do it again and release them back onto the streets. How many defferred and suspended sentences did he have???? And yet he was allowed to kick it and have freedom....TO DO AGAIN....AND AGAIN.....AND AGAIN!!!!! And yet we convict idiot check fraudsters for years behind bars. Our system is so backwards.....no wonder why our society is headed for a train wreck full speed. # SHM

crewbaby - 3/8/2012 9:17 AM
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Abby, you are my hero!! Keep it up. Your awesome

okstate3 - 3/8/2012 6:53 AM
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^ Some people are just bored or probably stalking you just to be ignorant, this guy probably sits around his computer trolling on other news sites, get a life. Also get a job, who post something at 1:18 in the morning? SMH
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