Oklahoma City Police released the number of officer-involved shootings for 2017 through 2007.
An investigation is currently underway into the eighth officer-involved shooting of the year. A 28-year-old man was fatally shot in the southeast part of the metro over the weekend. The officer was also injured and is recovering in the hospital.
The numbers indicate there have been more deadly on-duty shootings in Oklahoma City in 2017, compared to last year. In 2016 there were seven officer-involved shootings, five of those were deadly. This year, six suspects have been fatally shot in the eight on-duty shooting.
“There are a lot of guns in the hands of criminals right now,” said Msgt. Gary Knight. “So we’re very fortunate we are just at this number this year and not higher.”
This year two deadly on-duty shootings have received high-profile attention. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater recently cleared two officers in the September fatal shooting of a deaf man. The investigation took more than two months to complete.
Police said both officers are back to work.
“At the conclusion of the homicide unit’s investigation, that case gets turned over to the DA’s office,” said Knight. “So these things can take a while and sometimes officers can be on administrative leave for weeks, if not months.”
An officer has also been charged with second-degree murder for one of the 2017 shootings.
Sergeant Keith Sweeney was charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of a suicidal man. Body cameras on responding officers captured the incident.
“In many cases when an officer is wearing a body cam, we get to see first-hand exactly what happened,” said Knight. “That can also assist the DA in their investigation.”
Knight said when it comes to officer-involved shootings there isn't an average number.
“There’s really not a normal for the number of officer-involved shooting for a year,” said Knight. “It can be in the teens, sometimes it can be one or two in a year.”
Oklahoma City Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting Numbers: