What we know about Bobby Swartz, the Oklahoma County deputy fatally shot on Monday
Bobby Swartz after a promotion to sergeant (OSCO)

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office identified the deputy killed in Monday’s shooting as Sgt. Bobby Swartz.

Another deputy was also shot and remains hospitalized.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Tommie Johnson said the two deputies were serving “lock-out papers" when the shooting happened.

A car chase ensued that ultimately ended near Tinker Air Force Base with the still unidentified suspect getting arrested.

Here’s what we know about Swartz:

The former Army reservist was a longtime law enforcement officer

“I joined the sheriff’s office in December 1997,” Swartz said in a 2018 video posted by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office that detailed the procedure of serving lock-out orders.

He said he had several reasons for joining the sheriff’s office.

“I’m the type that likes structure,” he said. “I like giving and helping people, so that’s why I joined the sheriff’s department, other than I needed a job at the time.”

Swartz said he worked in various capacities for the sheriff’s office, including time in the county jail and at the courthouse while moving around the ranks.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” he said in 2018.

He said his line of work isn’t for everyone.

“I would say it takes a certain breed, it takes a certain character, to do that,” he said in the 2018 video. “You have to have a strong will and a strong exterior to do what we do.”

Swartz on patrol in 2018 (OCSO)

Swartz said being in law enforcement changes one’s perspective.

“It changes you. You look in the world in a whole different way,” he said in 2018. “You’ve seen the worst in people. The rewarding part is you can see how good and how blessed people are.”

Swartz was a decorated law enforcement officer

In 2020, he received a Lifesaving Award from the Higher Plain Baptist Church for a rescue in Bricktown earlier that year while working an off-duty job.

Swartz was standing beside his patrol car when he saw a man who was running next to a pickup truck slip, fall and get run over by the truck.

Bobby Swartz being honored for a rescue in Bricktown in 2020 (OCSO)

The man, who had injuries to his head and upper body, wasn’t breathing nor did he have a pulse. Swartz began chest compressions and an Oklahoma City police officer arrived and also assisted. 

The pair continued to work on the man until medical personnel arrived.

Recent promotion

Swartz, who graduated from Oklahoma State, received a promotion to sergeant in March 2022. 

Bobby Swartz after a promotion to sergeant (OSCO)

In a Facebook post announcing the promotion, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office talked about how it was "earned" and how "proud" they were to work with Swartz.

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