- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has come under sharp criticism by the Sapulpa police chief for a condolence letter that misidentified a Sapulpa officer who was killed in an off-duty incident with the name of a suspect arrested in the slaying.

Glanz told the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1NCAISM ) that the name gaffe was a “very regrettable mistake.” He said a secretary who typed the letter made the error, but that he signed the letter without carefully reviewing it like he should have.

“We made an error - it’s a regrettable error - and I’m very sorry it happened,” Glanz said.

Sapulpa Police Chief Rick Rumsey said his department was “very disappointed” by the letter, which had prompted him to write a letter in return: “It is with a sad heart from a disappointed Police Department that I must return your letter of sympathy.

“In my thirty-two years as a law enforcement officer, I have never read such a disrespectful and misstated document.”

Rumsey also wrote in his response letter, which was dated Tuesday, that he took issue with comments he said were made by a sheriff’s major over the phone, after he requested the Sheriff’s Office to work a homicide investigation in Sapulpa since his entire force was at the slain officer Trey Pritchard’s burial.

“His exact reply was, ‘What’s that have to do with it?’?” Rumsey wrote.

Rumsey said he had to pull officers from Pritchard’s funeral service to investigate the homicide, after the sheriff’s employee refused to have the Sheriff’s Office do so. Rumsey wrote that he’s “equally insulted by your letter where you clearly stated, ‘If there is anything my office can do, please don’t hesitate to contact us.’”

Glanz said he has asked Undersheriff Rick Weigel to look into what exactly transpired, and once that is determined, he said he would offer an explanation to Rumsey.

Glanz’ condolence letter had incorrectly identified Jonathan Grafton, whose last name also was misspelled, as the slain officer.

Grafton and his girlfriend, Daphne Mason, were arrested on murder complaints days after the bodies of Pritchard and Jeffrey Grafton were found Aug. 15 inside a Midwest City motel room.

Investigators say Pritchard and Jeffrey Grafton were trying to get Grafton’s stolen pickup back from Grafton’s son, Jonathan.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the suspects have attorneys.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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