Denied Insurance Claim Led To Deadly Shooting In NW OKC

Oklahoma City police released more information Tuesday about a fatal shooting inside a business on the city’s northwest side. Police confirmed a Midwest City man was enraged over a denied claim and shot a woman inside an insurance agency before Robert Arnest, 65, turned the gun on himself. Arnest died at the scene and the insurance agency employee was rushed to a local hospital with a gunshot wound and remained in the intensive care unit.

“It was just before two o’clock that Oklahoma City police responded to a business,” said Sgt. Dillon, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Officers surrounded the Jim Shortridge Allstate insurance office near NW 150th and May Avenue on Monday. Initial reports indicated an active shooter was in the business.

“We received 911 calls, allegedly one person inside the business fired a gun,” Quirk said.

The shooter was later identified as Ernest. Police said Arnest went into the office to dispute a denied insurance claim. A 61-year-old female employee took Arnest to the back of the office to calm the angry man and discuss the claim. According to police, Arnest pulled a gun on the woman and shot her.

“It looks like it’s a graze wound,” Quirk said. “Possibly up to the upper chest.”

Arnest then turned the gun on himself.

“The suspect was found deceased in the business,” Quirk said.

Police said no one else in the office was injured. Many of them took shelter at their desks and called 911.

According to a police report, the accused shooter lived in Midwest City. Arnest made a Facebook post the same day as the shooting. In the post, he expressed anger at Allstate for denying an insurance claim for damage to his car.

News 9 did reach out to the owner of the insurance agency for comment, but did not receive a response.

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