Panhandle Grandmother Murdered in Texas
KSCB News - August 5, 2010 12:00 am
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) – A Potter County, Texas, sheriff’s deputy
killed a 58-year-old gunman suspected of fatally shooting an
Oklahoma grandmother who was protecting her 12-year-old
granddaughter from being kidnapped near Bushland.
Sheriff Brian Thomas said Wednesday that the gunman tried and
failed to abduct a 31-year-old woman and the 12-year-old before he
snatched an 11-year-old from a street as she walked with a friend.
Police say Gary Don Carner of Amarillo fatally shot 63-year-old
Sharrel Blankenbaker of Felt, Okla., as she tried to protect her
granddaughter from being kidnapped at a truck stop about a
half-mile away from where the younger girl was then taken Tuesday
The deputy, who has been placed on administrative leave, shot
Carner after the 11-year-old jumped from the man’s pickup not far
from where she was snatched.