Deputy kills man after fatal abduction attempt

August 4, 2010 11:29:09 AM PDT
A Potter County sheriff's deputy killed a 58-year-old gunman suspected of fatally shooting a grandmother who was protecting her 12-year-old granddaughter from being kidnapped. 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 Felts, 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 night.

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.