NORMAN — The Norman Police Department’s Pistol Team attained multiple top honors at the Dale DeBerry Memorial Regional and Oklahoma State Police Pistol Combat Championships held in Norman in August.
Competition was tough with over 50 law enforcement shooters from as far away as Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Colorado taking part. The competitions consisted of matches from distances up to 50 yards with time limits and multiple firing positions. Shooters that participated in all of the individual and team matches would have shot over 700 bullets over the three day events.
Norman Police made an impressive showing with 8 officers making the Governor’s 20. The Governor’s 20 recognizes the top 20 Oklahoma shooters from the State Match and will be presented with awards at a ceremony held at the State Capitol later in the year. Those officers were Sergeant William Crews #4, Sergeant Joshua Barker #5, Captain Blake Green #10, Lieutenant Eric Lehenbauer #11, Master Police Officer Jeremy Garnand #12, Sergeant Robert Wasoski #14, Officer Forrest Perry #19, and Officer Christi Copeland #20. The 21st spot is recognized as the Lieutenant Governor’s 1 and Officer Casey McCallister holds that spot.
Sergeant William Crews distinguished himself by earning the top slot and title of State Champion in the shotgun match after a tie breaker with the overall match winner, Mike Dowd of Colorado.
Norman team members secured the 4-man Semi Auto Team Regional Champion title. Those officers are Range Master Shon Elroy, Sergeant Robert Wasoski, Sergeant Joshua Barker and Master Police Officer Jeremy Garnand.
In the individual and team matches Norman officers stood out by securing first and second place finishes. Sergeant William Crews 7 first and 6 second; Sergeant Joshua Barker 1 first and 1 second; Captain Blake Green 13 second; Lieutenant Eric Lehenbauer 2 second; Master Police Officer Jeremy Garnand 5 first and 2 second; Sergeant Robert Wasoski 2 first and 2 second; Officer Forrest Perry 3 first and 5 second; Officer Christi Copeland 9 first and 2 second; Officer Casey McCallister 1 second, and Range Master Shon Elroy 1 first and 4 seconds. In the individual matches at the various yard lines shooters compete against their peers within skill level classifications.