Medical treatment

Elderly inmate dies after being denied medical treatment

CANADIAN COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Less than 24 hours after a lawyer’s request for a 78-year-old Canadian County inmate to transfer him to a medical facility was denied, he was found unconscious in his cell.

Wade Womack was arrested on Father’s Day for a family shooting relatives who say he started.

The altercation began with Womack getting into a verbal argument with his nephew.

According to William Patrick Wasson’s statement against Womack, Womack struck Wasson’s son in the face with a cane.

“They immediately stood up, facing each other and shouting. Womack kept swinging his rod,” Wasson said.

Family members attempted to escort Womack to his vehicle, but he refused to leave.

Womack allegedly slashed his throat and shouted that he was going to kill Wasson’s son.

Womack was eventually forced into his vehicle and fled.

Family members didn’t think Womack would return, “rather go home and calm down.”

About an hour later, Womack reportedly returned home and fired two bullets.

Wasson walks over to the side of the house to get a better look at what’s going on when suddenly Womack shoots towards their swimming pool where everyone was gathered.

Wasson urged his wife to call 911 and grabbed her three pistols for “protection.”

Wasson, his son, and his son’s friend return the blows, hoping to stop Womack’s truck from moving forward.

Wasson heads back outside as Womack revs his engine and runs through their front door, still shooting everyone.

One of Womack’s shots grazed Wasson’s ear.

15 minutes later, Womack “shouts that he’ll be back to finish the job”. He then leaves the property in his vehicle.

Oklahoma City police showed up 10 minutes later to secure the property.

Womack returned home with more guns and ammunition in his truck.

Wasson claimed that Womack had black paint and blood on his face, with Womack saying it was his “death mask”.

Womack claimed that face painting was part of Choctaw heritage.

The officers asked Womack to raise his hands, but he refused.

The officers took out their weapons and threw him to the ground.

Womack was later restrained and arrested on six counts of assault with a deadly weapon and shooting from a vehicle.

Each count having a bond of $25,000.

Womack was transported to OU Health to treat injuries he sustained in the shooting. He was later booked into the Canadian County Jail.

Almost three weeks later, on July 6, Womack appeared for a bond hearing where his newly appointed defense attorney, Karla Tankut, met him for the first time.

Tankut told KFOR that Womack looked nothing like his booking photo.

“Open wounds, bleeding, a big bruise on the head. He was in a wheelchair and he was unresponsive,” Tankut said. “He was in a diaper. He can’t eat on his own. He can’t use the bathroom.

Womack had to be transported in and out of the courtroom with the help of a nurse and a KeyTurn assistant.

At this point, Tankut said getting his bond approved was the least of his worries.

“I wasn’t even concerned with their bond. I pleaded for him to be transferred to a medical facility immediately,” Tankut added. “I thought he would be dead very soon if he wasn’t treated.”

Tankut said she contended the Canadian County Jail did not have “adequate” medical resources.

However, Deputy Canadian County Manager Austin Murrey objected to this, supposedly telling Judge Strubhar that Womack was faking injury and was dangerous.

Jude Strubhar sided with Murrey and denied the medical request. Womack’s bail was also denied.

Womack was returned to the Canadian County Jail where Sheriff West said KFOR guards would check on him every 15 minutes.

At 3:30 p.m. the next day, guards found Womack unconscious in his cell.

Wardens began performing CPR, according to Sheriff West.

An ambulance was then called and Womack was taken to a hospital in El Reno. He was later transferred to an OKC hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sheriff West said no foul play on the part of the jail was suspected at this time.

Tankut doesn’t know how this could have happened and said “we may never know”. She added that if he had been able to receive medical treatment, he could still be there, but she will never know now.

Tankut is no longer on the case.

Womack’s body is currently being examined by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office.

Womack’s son expects those results on Friday.

News 4 contacted Murrey’s office. His secretary said he was not “interested” in an interview.