Sheriff's Dept., OSBI, investigating shooting death at former Broken J Bar


Woman in police custody

  • OSBI on scene
    OSBI on scene
  • Regina Armstrong
    Regina Armstrong

A woman is in custody at the Payne County Jail after she admitted to police that she fatally shot her ex-boyfriend, Wednesday morning.

According to Payne County Sheriff Kevin Woodward, the woman called 911 at around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday and told police that she had shot her ex boyfriend in the head.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at SH 18 and County Road 640, about 1.25 miles south of SH 51, where they located Regina Armstrong, 51, and took her into custody without incident. Investigators also discovered the lifeless body of a male victim.

The man was identified as 44-year-old John Robert Atkinson.

Woodward said he contacted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to assist with processing the crime scene and that he had his investigators interviewing witnesses and associates.

Woodward said the former bar had been converted into a legal marijuana grow operation and that the woman had spent the night there.

He said more details would be made available if and when the Payne County District Attorney's office filed criminal charges.