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Officer facing theft charges is shot

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP)--Authorities say a Sallisaw police officer who was put on leave without pay after being charged with stealing cattle has been shot while driving on U.S. 64, and the owner of the cattle has been arrested.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said 35-year-old Officer Wendel Hughes was shot about 1 p.m. Feb. 21. Sallisaw Police said Hughes was shot in the chest and was taken to a hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Shortly after the shooting, Sallisaw police arrested 40-year-old Mark Sweeney.

Hughes pleaded not guilty on Jan. 5 to 31 counts of cattle rustling. An affidavit in the case says Hughes told investigators that he sold Sweeney's cattle in his name, with Sweeney's permission, to help avoid taxes. Sweeney denied Hughes' statements.

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