A man who shot the police chief of Sentinel, Oklahoma, four times has been released with no charges filed against him.
The shooting took place Thursday, Jan. 15, when the police chief entered a home looking for the person who allegedly called in a bomb threat to a Head Start center, reports CNN.
A search of the location where the bomb threat was reported revealed no explosive device. Police then went to the home they thought the bomb threat call occurred from and entered without a search warrant.
"They made entry, cleared the first bedroom, started to clear the second bedroom, he opened fire on police and shot our chief three times in the chest and once in the arm," Sentinel Mayor Sam Dlugonski said.
Sentinel Police Chief Louis Ross was wearing a borrowed bullet proof vest he acquired minutes before entering the home from a sheriff’s deputy.
The vest reportedly saved his life.
The suspected gunman, whose name was not released by authorities, was taken into custody.
The suspect was released hours later without charges being filed against him.
Agents with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said he was released because after questioning, there was not enough evidence to arrest him, reports The Oklahoman.
"The man who shot and wounded the Sentinel police chief will not be arrested at this time," the OSBI release said. "OSBI investigators have extensively interviewed the man. Facts surrounding the case lead agents to believe the man was unaware it was officers who made entry."
A Sentinel resident offered his opinion as to why the shooting took place.
"This is country, this ain't Oklahoma City," resident Jimmy Rhoades said. "You're taught from a young age that if somebody comes into your house to shoot."