Woman says her boyfriend shot his father and a Sapulpa police officer
Jonathan Grafton shot his father and an off-duty Sapulpa police officer after they got into a verbal and physical confrontation at a Midwest City motel, his girlfriend told police.
Sapulpa police Lt. Trey Pritchard, 46, and his cousin Jeffrey Grafton, 46, also of Sapulpa, were found dead about 10 p.m. Saturday in a room at the Travelers Inn, 6821 SE 29 in Midwest City.
Jonathan Grafton, 22, and Daphne Mason, 21, were booked into the Oklahoma County jail on Tuesday on murder complaints. They have not been charged.
Jonathan Grafton did not speak to detectives, instead asking for an attorney, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.
But Mason told detectives on Monday she and Jonathan Grafton had stolen money from his father and took his pickup to Midwest City, where they rented the room. Clabes said the couple arrived at the hotel about 10 a.m., and Pritchard and Jeffrey Grafton arrived about 1 p.m. intending to confront them about the theft.
Mason told police Jonathan Grafton let both men into the room when they knocked at the door, according to a probable cause affidavit. Clabes said surveillance video shows Jeffrey Grafton went to the room first, and Pritchard followed him when he did not return.
Mason told police Jonathan Grafton pulled a handgun from the nightstand and shot Jeffrey Grafton and Pritchard inside the room, the affidavit states. Both men had gunshot wounds to their heads, police said.
The couple fled the hotel, driving west on Interstate 40, and threw a cellphone out the window to avoid being tracked, Mason told police. She said they ditched the pickup in a Yukon neighborhood and took a taxi to Enid.
Two handguns were recovered from the stolen pickup, Clabes said.
A housekeeper at the inn told police she heard screaming coming from the room Jonathan Grafton had rented and saw a man and woman come out of the room and get into a brown Dodge pickup a short time later, according to the affidavit.
No one called police to report the disturbance. No one called to report gunfire either, Clabes said. The bodies were found about 10 p.m. in the hotel room, where the door was ajar, by an employee who was looking for the owner of Pritchard’s pickup, which was parked irregularly.
On Sunday, Enid police were alerted that Social Security cards for Mason and Jonathan Grafton were found at a Walmart, according to the probable cause affidavit. The two were arrested Monday at a convenience store in Enid and remained without bail Tuesday in the Oklahoma County jail.
Pritchard, a lifetime law officer, had been with Sapulpa police since 1996. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2011, police said. Jonathan Grafton referred to Pritchard as “Uncle Trey,” said Regina Grafton, Jeffrey Grafton’s mother.
Born in Chicago, Jeffrey Grafton was a pharmacist and University of Oklahoma graduate. He was a former Marine who served in Kuwait and Desert Storm. Survivors include his parents, three children, three siblings and three nephews he helped to raise, an obituary stated.
“He was very soft-hearted. He loved his children, all three of them very much. He tried to help Johnny as much as he could and that’s why he went after him and his truck. He said, ‘I’m not going to do anything about it and call the police because he was on probation,’ ” Regina Grafton said.
The bodies of Pritchard and Jeffrey Grafton were brought back home to Sapulpa in a procession that stretched for blocks down S Main Street, and were greeted by a crowd of onlookers including local law enforcement, friends, family and people from the area.
Dozens of patrol cars with Sapulpa police, the Creek County sheriff’s office and Oklahoma Highway Patrol brought Pritchard's and Grafton's remains to Smith Funeral Home, where an honor guard of about 20 officers greeted them. Services with military honors for Grafton are at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Contributing: Tulsa World
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting. Read more ›