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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - Police in eastern Oklahoma say a man is dead after an officer shot him inside a Muskogee restaurant. Authorities say the shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. Monday at a bar and grill in Muskogee, about 45 miles southeast of Tulsa. The Muskogee Police Department says officers went to the eatery to arrest a man for outstanding warrants. Authorities say an officer was attempting to handcuff the man when he turned and pulled out a small handgun. The officer then fired his weapon.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The unexpected departure of two Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Health Care System employees left the hospital without a general surgeon on call or available for overnight emergencies for a number of days this month. The Oklahoman reports that the hospital's chief of surgery informed staff and administrators in an email on Oct. 31 that his team was down to a single full-time surgeon. The hospital's director says one new surgeon starts Tuesday and another will start Nov. 25.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Democratic former state legislator who was a Vietnam veteran has died. A family friend of former state Sen. Jim Wilson says Wilson died Sunday at his home in Tahlequah after a bout with cancer. Friend and former Sen. Kenneth Corn says Wilson had a reputation for defending the rights of the poor and vulnerable during his legislative career. Wilson served two terms in the state House before moving to the Senate, where he served from 2004 to 2012.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Oklahoma deputy acquitted in a 2016 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man is no longer scheduled to speak at a homicide investigators conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. News outlets report the Southeastern Homicide Investigators Association rescinded Roger County Sheriff's Deputy Betty Shelby's invitation on Sunday following pressure from civil rights leaders. Shelby is a former Tulsa police officer charged and acquitted of manslaughter in the killing of Terence Crutcher.
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