Deputy Sheriff Brian Hayden became the third officer killed in 10 months while driving and being struck by another officer.
He was killed when his patrol truck collided with another patrol car from on US Highway 70 as the two responded to a shots fired call involving a third officer.
He and an officer from the Choctaw National Tribal Police were responding to the call at approximately 9:30 pm. As the two vehicles neared an intersection Deputy Hayden began to turn left when his truck was struck by the patrol car, which was traveling behind him. Deputy Hayden’s suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The tribal police officer suffered severe injuries and was flown to a hospital in Texas.
Deputy Hayden is survived by his wife and four children.