9 Investigates OKC Police Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents Since 2009

Wednesday, September 17th 2014, 7:14 pm
By: News 9

In the wake of the Cifuentes shooting, News 9 wanted more information on officer-involved shootings. How often are police firing their guns at suspects and how often are those shootings fatal?

The FBI compiles a lot of crime stats, but officer-involved shootings are not one of them. So, we went straight to Oklahoma City police, the agency involved in most of those we hear about, including the Cifuentes incident.

2009 3 shootings -- 3 fatal

2010 10 shootings -- 4 fatal

2011 6 shootings -- 2 fatal

2012 8 shootings -- 2 fatal

2013 10 shootings -- 6 fatal

2014 8 shootings -- 5 fatal

A police spokesman says the numbers are pretty consistent.

“Each case has to be looked at on its own merit as to what happened in that particular case. You can't look at one officer-involved shooting and compare it to another and try to make some kind of statement and procedural type basis,” said Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson.

News 9 did find one study that says, nationally, there are just under 400 instances of officers using deadly force each year. That same study says that about 20 percent of police officers are ever involved in critical incidents where they feel compelled to fire their weapons.

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