Police shooting

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The Reverend Joe Crutcher says he's kept a close watch on happenings in Minneapolis since last May, when video of police officer Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd made international headlines and sparked a worldwide movement against systemic racism and police violence.

"Me and my wife, we'd sit up and watch the whole George Floyd episode as it unfolded last year," Crutcher said at a press conference in downtown Tulsa Tuesday afternoon, shortly after a Minnesota jury handed down a guilty verdict against Chauvin for Floyd's murder.

Anadarko Police Department

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma fatally shot a man early Monday after he pulled out a gun while officers were responding to a reported drug overdose involving another person, authorities said.

Muskogee Police Department

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Police in Muskogee shot and killed a 17-year-old girl, and a 17-year-old boy died of a self-inflicted gunshot following a short chase, authorities said Monday.

Muskogee Police said in a press release that officers were initially called Sunday afternoon to a report of an attempted carjacking and then a report of a stolen truck. After spotting the stolen truck, a short chase ensued until the vehicle crashed, police said.

Protests Follow Police Killing Of Oklahoma City Man

Dec 14, 2020
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Police responding to a disturbance call killed a man Friday.

He has been identified by family members as Bennie Edwards – a Black man who struggled with a mental health diagnosis.

Edwards’ family members said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Police say Edwards was carrying a knife and ran towards officers before they opened fire.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Daniel Stewart said police tried to deescalate the confrontation but had no choice except to shoot.

Facebook / Tulsa Police Department

Dozens of supporters cheered and looked on Thursday at Tulsa International Airport as Tulsa Police Department Ofc. Aurash Zarkeshan, injured in a June shooting, stepped off a plane following months of rehabilitation at an out-of-state facility.

Zarkeshan was immediately greeted by Mayor G.T. Bynum, who hugged him and said, "Welcome home!"

On a TPD livestream of the event, Zarkeshan, who appeared physically healthy and in good spirits, addressed the camera and more than 1,000 viewers directly.

Facebook / Tulsa Police Department

Federal prosecutors have indicted a man for allegedly providing the gun used in the killing of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson and the wounding of Ofc. Aurash Zarkeshan in June.

"Jakob Garland is alleged to have been the person who gave the gun to David Ware. He is alleged to have exchanged that gun for heroin," said Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Facebook / Tulsa Police Department

Video footage of the shooting of two Tulsa police officers, one of whom died of his injuries, was released by the Tulsa Police Department Monday morning following a judge's order that doing so was in the public interest. 

Facebook / The Village Police Department

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot a man wielding a baseball bat has been charged with first-degree manslaughter.

The Oklahoman reports Chance Avery, a corporal with The Village Police Department, shot Christopher Poor, 49, three times July 25, according to court records.

Facebook / Rogers County Sheriff's Office

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A northeastern Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a man following a brief chase early Tuesday, a sheriff said.

The chase began when a deputy tried to stop the man for having no rear lights about 2 a.m. on the eastern edge of Tulsa, said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton. The man led deputies on a slow-speed chase before ramming a patrol car, getting out and fighting with deputy, Walton said.

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Tulsa's 49th and 50th homicides of the year occurred over the weekend, each at the hand of a Tulsa police officer.

According to Tulsa Police Department public information officer Jeanne Pierce, on Saturday afternoon officers responded to a call of an attempted break-in at a "secure facility" near 2400 North Harvard Ave.

Pierce says upon arrival, officers found Jonathan Randell, 25, sitting outside.

Tulsa Police Department

Two Tulsa Police Department officers are in critical condition, "fighting for their lives," following a shooting during a traffic stop early Monday morning, officials say.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, TPD Chief Wendell Franklin identified the officers as Sgt. Craig Johnson, a 15-year veteran, and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who completed police training only last month and had been on patrol for just six weeks.

KWGS News

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man near Vinita on Thursday morning, according to a statement from OHP.

Robert Harris, 34, of Tulsa, was a passenger in a vehicle when the trooper pulled it over for a traffic violation on the Will Rogers Turnpike shortly before 9 a.m., according to OHP.

During the traffic stop, the trooper fired one shot, killing Harris. The statement does not identify the trooper or give an explanation for why the trooper shot Harris. OHP claims narcotics and a firearm were recovered at the scene.

MUSTANG, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal police shooting in suburban Oklahoma City.

Officers from the Mustang police department found an individual who had been suspected of driving under the influence at a parking lot Friday evening, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Police said 42-year-old Benjamin Ballard of Yukon was fatally shot after he “presented a firearm.” Ballard died at the scene and a firearm was found in the parking lot, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Tulsa Police

Tulsa police shot a man Wednesday night blocks away from a peaceful protest against police brutality in front of police headquarters downtown.

Capt. Richard Meulenberg said officers near the protest heard gunshots and went to 11th Street and Boulder Avenue. Witnesses said they saw a shooting, and police found the victim, a man shot in the leg.