Okla. Co. DA Charges 5 OKC Police Officers In Connection With Shooting Death Of 15-Year-Old

Wednesday, March 10th 2021, 5:16 pm


Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed first-degree manslaughter charges against five Oklahoma City police officers in the death of Stavian Rodriguez.

Oklahoma City police said their officers were called on November 23 to Okie Gas Express off of Western Avenue near Interstate 240.

The owner told police a teen had robbed him, left and then came back to demand more money. That's when the clerk was able to get out of the store and lock 15-year-old Rodriguez inside.

When officers arrived, they ordered Rodriguez to come out of the store, and he did through the drive-thru window armed with a pistol. Once out, officers ordered him to drop his gun.

Surveillance video showed the teenager put down the gun.

Court documents said Rodriguez put his left hand in his rear pocket and right hand in his front pocket. Investigators said that is when officers "unnecessarily" fired lethal rounds at Rodriguez, which resulted in his death.

Investigators also said Rodriguez had no other weapons on him.

The five officers charged with first degree manslaughter as a result of the shooting were:

  1. Officer Bethany Sears (5½ years of service)
  2. Officer Jared Barton (4½ years of service)
  3. Officer Corey Adams (3 years of service)
  4. Officer John Skuta (2½ years of service)
  5. Officer Brad Pemberton (3 years of service)

Prater did not file charges against Sgt. Sarah Carli, who fired a less lethal weapon.

All of the officers who were involved in the incident are on paid administrated leave.