OKC Police Officer, 2 Cleveland Co. Deputies On Leave After Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting

Wednesday, July 22nd 2020, 6:28 pm

Oklahoma City police are investigating a Wednesday traffic stop that turned into a deadly officer-involved shooting.

An Oklahoma City police sergeant and two Cleveland County deputies were placed on paid administrative leave while the case is under investigation.

A tax business parking lot near SW 89th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue turned into a deadly shooting scene.

Before the shooting, two Cleveland County deputies pulled an SUV over on a traffic stop. During the stop, an Oklahoma City officer came by to assist.

“If you see another officer, whether it’s with your agency of another agency, it’s not uncommon to check and see if they need anything,” said Capt. Larry Withrow, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police did not indicate what the traffic stop was for but identified the driver as a 25-year-old man with a 16-year-old passenger and a 30-year-old man in the backseat.

“While they were talking with the occupants of the vehicle, the backseat passenger produced a handgun and began to point the gun at one of the deputies,” Withrow said.

All three officers fired multiple times at the armed man and fatally shot him at the scene. The driver and passenger were not harmed during the shooting and the officers were not injured.

Crime scene investigators spent hours collecting evidence at the scene. The investigation also involves reviewing the Oklahoma City police officer's body camera footage.

“After discussions with the sheriff of Cleveland County, Oklahoma City police will take the lead on the investigation and sharing our information with Cleveland County," said Withrow.

The investigation will ultimately be turned over to the Cleveland County district attorney for review.