08 June 1932 — Oklahoma
Posse Surrounds Him and His Lieutenant, but They Escape.
ADA, OK, June 7 (AP) –Ripping their way with machine gun fire through a posse that had surrounded them at a farmhouse near Stonewall, two men identified by officers as Charles (Pretty Boy) Floyd, much sought Oklahoma outlaw, and his lieutenant, George Birdwell, escaped Tuesday night in an automobile. No one was wounded.
The pair fled amid a shower of bullets from the posse. Officers expressed the belief the two men wore bulletproof waistcoats and other armor.
The officers, led by O.P. Ray, superintendent of the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Sheriff L. E. Franklin of Pontotoc County, were reported in close pursuit of the fleeing car.
Hearing that Floyd planned to hide in the farmhouse preparatory to robbing the Stonewall bank Wednesday, Sheriff Franklin notified State operatives and the quickly formed posse surrounded the house.
Franklin said the two men rushed from the house with machine guns and mowed their way to freedom. The officers took refuge behind trees and returned the fire.
Floyd and Birdwell reached their automobile and sped away to the northeast, holding pursuers off with a fusillade of machine gun bullets.
Officers believed they punctured a rear tire on the machine and that the car could be trailed easily.
The Stonewall bank was robbed April 21 and an Ada boy was taken captive by the robbers in their flight. Officers said Floyd was one of the robbers. The boy was released the next day after being forced to camp overnight with the bandits.