Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers win state pistol championship

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Pistol Team achieved top honors at the Oklahoma State Police Pistol Combat Championship competition held Saturday in Oklahoma City, hosting over 20 law enforcement agencies.

Trooper Mike Sexton tied the record for most consecutive state championship wins with seven. He placed first in the overall auto-pistol and revolver matches, making him state champion. He also took first in both the service revolver and distinguished auto-pistol matches and second in the service auto and distinguished revolver matches.

He and Trooper Jerry Green won the title for the two-man competition, and together they competed with Troopers Joel Franks and Scott Hulsey to win the four-man team competition.

"These four troopers were named to the Governor's 20 list of top shooters in the state for their award-winning performances," said First Lieutenant Larry Jackson, troop commander. "We are extremely proud of them. Their diligent practice and collective team effort served as contributing factors for the success they achieved. Not to mention, they are simply excellent shooters."

Trooper Johnny Freeman won fourth place in three matches and took third in the overall expert class competition. Second Lieutenant Tom Montgomery won the four-inch revolver competition in the expert class and placed third in both the service revolver and the revolver competition of the expert class. Trooper Scott Haney, Yukon, competed as an alternate for the team and won first place in the sharpshooter competition.

The eight-member team will represent the OHP at the national competition in September, competing as individuals and teams.