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Sheriff & Police Release Event Timeline


In a joint news release, the Tulsa Sheriff's Office and the Tulsa Police Department detailed the events of Friday's fatal shooting in north Tulsa. Below, you will find the exact text of that timeline:

On May 31, 2017, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Mental Health Unit received a civil mental health pickup order to locate Mr. Joshua Barre, age 29, to take him into custody for a mental health evaluation.  Deputies serving in TCSO’s Mental Health Unit have specialized mental health training.

The Mental Health Unit had made several attempts to locate Mr. Barre including on June 1, 2017, when Mr. Barre was armed with a hammer and yelled threats at deputies.  Mr. Barre was locked in his residence alone.  He did not pose an immediate threat to the public.  Due to those circumstances, deputies left the house and chose to follow up on a later date. 

On June 5, 2017, deputies were notified by a neighbor that Mr. Barre was up the previous night and scaring her children.  Deputies were unable to locate Mr. Barre on that date.

On June, 7, 2017, deputies located Mr. Barre alone in his residence at which time he threatened to kill officers.  Deputies did not force entry into the residence at this time.  Once again, he did not pose an immediate threat to the public. Deputies left the scene.

On June 9, 2017, at 0948 hours, two Tulsa County Deputies requested the assistance of the Tulsa Police Department when a neighbor observed Mr.  Barre in the street armed with two large knives.

In addition, the Tulsa Police Department received four separate 911 calls from residents detailing Barre walking with knives.

A 911 call at 0950 hours stated that the subject was carrying “two huge butcher knives in his hands….”

A 911 call at 0951 hours said that the subject had “two butcher knives in his hands….”

A 911 call at 0953 hours stated that the subject had “two butcher knives in his hand….. headed someplace to do some harm to somebody.”

A 911 call at 0956 hours said that the subject was “walking the streets with a machete, threatening people….”

Two Tulsa County Deputies encountered Mr. Barre at 300 West 50th Court North.  Barre was armed with two large knives.  Deputies ordered Mr. Barre to drop the knives and stated they were there to get him help.  Mr. Barre refused to drop the knives or stop.  He threatened to kill the deputies.

Mr. Barre continued to MLK Boulevard and walked south while deputies followed him and continuing to give commands.

Mr. Barre continued walking south towards a convenient store located at 4449 North MLK Boulevard.

Fearing that he would enter a convenience store and endangering the public, commands were given to him to stop and not enter the store.

A deputy deployed his Taser on Mr. Barre.  It had no effect.  Barre continued walking towards the convenient store.

Mr. Barre entered the store while still brandishing the knives.

When Mr. Barre opened the door and began to enter the store.  Fearing for the lives and safety of the citizens in the store, officers fired their weapons.

Following the shooting, officers immediately rendered aid and called EMS.  Mr. Barre was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly following the shooting, a crowd of approximately 25-30 individuals arrived and began shouting at responding officers.  The crowd grew to approximately 300 individuals.  In addition to yelling at officers and crime scene personnel, some in the crowd threw objects at officers including rocks and pieces of concrete.

This incident required a more robust response than normal due to large crowds and the actions that were being taken against officers.  The Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office deployed additional officers which included necessary equipment to protect officers.

In conjunction with the assistance of community leaders and ministers, the situation was de-escalated and the crime scene was preserved.

The officers involved have been placed on routine administrative leave by both agencies.  Their names will be released at a later date.

This is an ongoing investigation. Neither agency has any further comment at this time.