An Oklahoma City police officer is on administrative leave after shooting and killing a man after a concert inside the Farmers Market building in downtown Oklahoma City.
Police say he had a gun, and refused their orders. Officers have identified that man as Brian Simms Jr. of Olathe Kansas. News 9 checked and he does have a criminal record.
"Officers are justified in using deadly force whenever they feel their lives or the lives of anyone else in that vicinity," said Capt. Dexter Nelson with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Nelson says uniformed off duty police officers were here working security at the Farmer's Market building on SW 3rd St. during the Chief Keef rap concert. He says they were patrolling the west parking lot when they came across Simms, who appeared to be passed out or sleeping behind the wheel of the car. Police say Simms had a gun in his waistband, and refused to comply with orders from police.
"It's very important if an officer confronts you, when they are giving commands in a stern manner, that you listen to those commands whether your armed or not," said Nelson.
Many attending the concert had no idea what had taken place outside, until an announcement was made inside the venue.
"We actually had a guy come in and tell us a police officer actually shot a suspect in the parking lot," said Delano Walker, who is from Weatherford and attended the concert.
Some concertgoers from out of town had to leave and come back to the parking lot hours later to pick up their cars since they were parked near the crime scene.
"We left here about 2 a.m.," said Payton Berong, who also is from Weatherford. "Came back and here we are right now."
"Luckily we had a friend who actually took us in," said Walker. "And actually let us stay until we could pick up the car today."
Police say at first it was hard to identify Simms, since he had only been in Oklahoma City a few days, and did not have any identification on him. They say those who were with him only knew him by his street name.
Police say the officer who fired on Simms is Sgt. Paul Galyon, a 19-year veteran of the force. And the owner of the Farmer's Market tells News 9 he has been working in a security capacity for them for the past year and is very professional, well liked, and respected.