Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

September 17, 2013

Woman jailed in father’s shooting

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 22-year-old Hulbert woman Saturday after she allegedly shot her father.

Nykki Richmond was held for aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. She was given a $15,000 bond and released from jail Monday, booking records show.

Deputies responded to West 720 Road and North 440 Road after Nykki Richmond called 911 and said she accidentally shot her father, Heath Richmond, according to Deputy Daniel Pruitt’s report of the incident.

Pruitt said deputies arrived and found Heath Richmond on the ground in a nearby wooded area. He had suffered multiple wounds to his legs, arms, face and head, which deputies believe were caused by the buckshot of the gun Nykki Richmond had fired.

He was flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital.

Deputies said Nykki Richmond said her father had been arguing with her mother throughout the day and decided to leave, but later returned to the home. When he again decided to leave, Nykki Richmond grabbed a gun and followed him out of the home, she told deputies.

Deputies said that at some point, she fired the gun into a wooded area hoping to “scare” or “warn” her father, whom she thought had gone but might be coming back. After she fired the shot, she noticed her father fall to the ground inside the nearby wooded area.

Deputies retrieved the gun from the scene. According to Pruitt’s report, Heath Richmond was struck by the buckshot about 28 yards away from where Nykki Richmond allegedly fired the shot.

Nykki Richmond was held for aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm. She was given a $15,000 bond and released from jail Monday, booking records show.

Deputies responded to West 720 Road and North 440 Road after Nykki Richmond called 911 and said she accidentally shot her father, Heath Richmond, according to Deputy Daniel Pruitt’s report of the incident.

Pruitt said deputies arrived and found Heath Richmond on the ground in a nearby wooded area. He had suffered multiple wounds to his legs, arms, face and head, which deputies believe were caused by the buckshot of the gun Nykki Richmond had fired.

He was flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital.

Deputies said Nykki Richmond said her father had been arguing with her mother throughout the day and decided to leave, but later returned to the home. When he again decided to leave, Nykki Richmond grabbed a gun and followed him out of the home, she told deputies.

Deputies said that at some point, she fired the gun into a wooded area hoping to “scare” or “warn” her father, whom she thought had gone but might be coming back. After she fired the shot, she noticed her father fall to the ground inside the nearby wooded area.

Deputies retrieved the gun from the scene. According to Pruitt’s report, Heath Richmond was struck by the buckshot about 28 yards away from where Nykki Richmond allegedly fired the shot.

-- jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

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