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This photo from KHJBS/KHOG-TV shows the aftermath of a fire in downtown Talihina, Okla., Friday, May 11, 2018, that consumed several buildings. Four Oklahoma troopers were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a drug-related warrant at a man's home that may have been booby-trapped to spark the large fire, authorities said. The suspect was shot and has been pronounced dead. (Courtesy KHBS/KHOG-TV via AP)
May 11, 2018 - 3:36 PM

TALIHINA, Okla. - The Latest on the shooting of several Oklahoma troopers who were serving a warrant in southeast Oklahoma (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four troopers have been treated and released from a hospital after they were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a warrant on a man who later died.

Capt. Paul Timmons says the four troopers are expected to recover from their injuries.

Local authorities had asked for assistance in serving the warrant on the man early Friday. Timmons says the group was immediately met by gunfire, followed by a fire that quickly broke out in downtown Talihina, about 150 miles (240 kilometres) southeast of Oklahoma City.

Timmons says the man's name hasn't been released.

The fire appeared to be out Friday afternoon, but a body had not been recovered.

The blaze damaged several buildings.

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11:50 a.m.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four troopers were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a warrant on a man, who later died.

Capt. Paul Timmons says local authorities had asked for assistance in serving the warrant on the man early Friday. Timmons says the group was immediately met by gunfire, followed by a fire that quickly broke out in downtown Talihina, about 150 miles (240 kilometres) southeast of Oklahoma City.

The man's name hasn't been released. Timmons says he's dead. He says the four troopers are expected to recover from their injuries.

A fifth trooper who was wearing a bulletproof vest was also struck by gunfire, but wasn't hurt. Timmons says the vest likely saved the trooper's life.

Firefighters are still working to contain the fire in downtown Talihina. Timmons says authorities are investigating whether the home was booby-trapped to cause the fire.

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11:15 a.m.

A large fire that began when search warrants were being served in a small Oklahoma town has burned several buildings.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward said agents were on the scene Friday morning in downtown Talihina as backup to a district attorney's task force that was serving the warrants, but were not involved.

Woodward said the warrants were being served by the task force when the fire began, but had no other details.

LeFlore County Emergency Management officials told Fort Smith, Arkansas, television station KHBS three buildings caught fire.

It's not yet clear whether anyone was injured. The cause of the fire also isn't known. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded.

Talihina is a town of about 1,100 people that's about 150 miles (240 kilometres) southeast of Oklahoma City.

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