A man has been apprehended by the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) after a woman was discovered in a field in Inola with a gunshot wound to her head on Wednesday evening. The suspect, identified as Jericho Haverstick, has been charged with shooting with intent to kill and obstructing an officer.
According to official documents, the RCSO received a call from Haverstick around 8 p.m. on Wednesdauy. Haverstick claimed that his girlfriend, Eliza Arthurs, had been shot. Emergency responders arrived at a field where they found Arthurs with an evident gunshot wound to her head. Her shirt appeared torn, indicating a possible altercation prior to the incident.
Arthurs was quickly airlifted to a Tulsa hospital to receive further medical attention. Meanwhile, Haverstick’s statements to investigators raised suspicions due to their inconsistent nature. Initially, he claimed to have heard a gunshot but thought little of it until he found Arthurs lying in the field 45 minutes later. Later, he changed his account, stating that Arthurs had taken his pistol and shot herself.
However, documents reveal that Haverstick eventually confessed to shooting Arthurs but maintained that it was an accident, as she had walked in front of him while he was firing the gun. Despite his admission, investigators found that the evidence gathered at the scene did not align with Haverstick’s version of events.
As the investigation continues, Haverstick remains in custody at the Rogers County jail. The RCSO is expected to provide more details on the case as they become available. The condition of the victim, Eliza Arthurs, remains unknown at this time, as well as any possible motives behind the shooting.