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TPD Releases Videos of Fatal, Officer-Involved Shooting in North Tulsa

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Tulsa Police have released their video of last Friday’s fatal shooting of a mentally ill man armed with knives.

Besides three videos from patrol car dash cams, one video is from a body camera worn by Officer Donnie Johnson. TPD said Johnson’s body cam didn’t capture the shooting because it was powered off rather than in standby mode when it was activated.

The camera did capture the on-scene supervisor’s exchange with Johnson about two minutes after Joshua Barre was shot.

"Was that you?" the supervisor said.

"He was [inaudible] — he was walking into the convenience store," Johnson said.

"OK. Don't, don't tell me any more, OK?" the supervisor said.

TPD said Johnson volunteered to test body cameras.

Barre’s family says he was off his medication. TPD and the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office say Johnson and two deputies who were also involved feared for the lives and safety of people inside the gas station because Barre was carrying two large knives.

Sheriff’s deputies had previously tried to detain Barre for court-ordered mental health evaluation.