Oklahoma officer-involved shootings in 2018

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No in-depth accounting of shootings by Oklahoma law enforcement officers exists, so the staff of The Frontier is putting together a database of information.

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December Shootings

Shane Adair Wentling, 39.

Sunday, Dec. 9
Time: Late evening.
Location: The location has not been released.
Officers involved: The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released. The OSBI said both the Perry Police Department and the Noble County Sheriff’s Office were involved in a pursuit with Shane Adair Wentling, 39, who was killed after “exiting his vehicle while brandishing a firearm.”
Shot: Shane Adair Wentling, 39.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Wentling had allegedly robbed a convenience store in Kansas prior to the pursuit and fatal shooting. And the OSBI said he “brandished” a firearm after he was run off the road by pursuing authorities in Oklahoma.

November Summary

At least six people were shot by Oklahoma law enforcement in November, three of which were fatal.

There have now been 31 fatal officer-involved shootings in Oklahoma this year.

Weapons were present in at least two of the fatal shootings, records show. Andrew Kana, 36, was shot by Muskogee Police Department Sgt. Ron Yates on Nov. 12 as Yates was attempting to arrest Kana inside a local restaurant. Kana reported drew a small firearm as he was being handcuffed, at which point he was shot and killed by Yates.

Tony Mathis, 47, was shot and killed by Oklahoma City Police on Nov. 12 after a botched robbery. Mathis also had a firearm.

The suspects in the three non-fatal shootings (James Emanuel Drake, 45, James Clyde Jenkins, 42, and Randall Fredrick Wieland, 42) all had weapons as well, records show (Jenkins and Drake had firearms, while Wieland was reportedly throwing kitchen knives at officers when he was shot.)

Elisha Edward Kelley, 52, was shot and killed by Wagoner Police on Nov. 11. Police there have not offered much information on the case, and did not say Kelley had a weapon when he was shot. In a release the day of the shooting they said that Kelley “charged at an officer during a traffic stop and was shot. Kelley’s wife told News On 6 that her husband suffered from mental illness.

The identities of the officers involved in the Jenkins shooting and the Kelley shooting have not yet been released by their respective agencies.

There have now been at least 52 officer-involved shootings this year, records reviewed by The Frontier show.

Shootings
November — 6 (3 fatal)
October — 2 (2 fatal)
September — 3 (3 fatal)
August — 2 (1 fatal)
July — 5 (2 fatal)
June — 3 (1 fatal)
May — 7 (4 fatal)
April — 3 (3 fatal)
March — 8 (4 fatal)
February — 6 (3 fatal)
January — 7 (5 fatal)

November Shootings

Randall Fredrick Wieland, 42.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 800 block of South Juniper Place, Broken Arrow.
Officers involved: Broken Arrow Police Department officer Niko Wright.
Shot: Randall Fredrick Wieland, 42.
Race: White.
Officer race: Black.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Police have said Wieland was throwing kitchen knives at officers when he was shot in the abdomen by Wright.

James Clyde Jenkins, 42.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Time: Early morning.
Location: 9th Street and South Schlegel Road, Cushing.
Officers involved: The Payne County Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the deputy involved.
Shot: James Clyde Jenkins, 42.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: No
Armed: Yes. Police said Jenkins and the responding officer were engaged in a pursuit when Jenkins stopped his vehicle and pointed a firearm at a deputy. That deputy returned fire and struck Jenkins “multiple times,” according to an OSBI release.

Tony Mathis Black. Courtesy

Monday, Nov. 12
Time: About 5:30 p.m.
Location: 200 block of SW 44th Street in Oklahoma City.
Officers involved: Oklahoma City Police Department Officers Drake Carder, Joshua Gershon and Corey Adams were placed on administrative leave following the shooting, and OKCPD said all three fired their weapons. It’s unknown as of yet who struck the suspect.
Shot: Tony Mathis Black, 47.
Race: Black.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. Police responded to an “armed robbery” at the store before tracking and finding the suspect. OKCPD has said officers told the suspect “not to reach for it,” implying he had a weapon before he was shot and killed.

Andrew Kana, 36.

Monday, Nov. 12
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: I don’t Care Bar and Grill, 415 W. Shawnee Bypass in Muskogee.
Officers involved: Sgt. Ron Yates.
Shot: Andrew Kana, 36.
Race: Kana was from South Korea, according to a protective order that had been filed against him in November.
Officer race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Kana, who had warrants for his arrest, was in the restaurant when responding police officers attempted to arrest him. Kana reportedly drew a firearm as handcuffs were being placed on him, at which point he was shot and killed by Yates.
Justified: Yes

Elisha Edward Kelley, 52. Courtesy Facebook

Sunday, Nov. 11
Time: 9:15 a.m.
Location: 201 S. Inola Ave. in Wagoner.
Officers involved: The officer involved has not yet been identified by Wagoner Police.
Shot: Elisha Edward Kelley, 52.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: No. Officers have said Kelley “charged” at them during a traffic stop, but did not say he was armed with a weapon.

James Emanuel Drake, 45.

Saturday, Nov. 10
Time: 5:45 p.m.
Location: SW 59th Street and Walker in Oklahoma City.
Officers involved: Oklahoma City Police Department Sergeants Mohammed Tobiai and Matthew Finley and Officer Nicholas Mills were all placed on administrative leave following the shooting.
Shot: James Emanuel Drake, 45.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Yes, police have said Drake was wearing camouflage and was armed with a firearm.

October Summary

Records show two officer-involved shootings in October, both of which were fatal.

Both of the people shot by police were men with criminal records who were armed with firearms, records show.

The identities of the officers in both shootings have yet to be released.

Shootings
October — 2 (2 fatal)
September — 3 (3 fatal)
August — 2 (1 fatal)
July — 5 (2 fatal)
June – 3 (1 fatal)
May – 7 (4 fatal)
April – 3 (3 fatal)
March – 8 (4 fatal)
February – 6 (3 fatal)
January – 7 (5 fatal)

October Shootings

Shaunday Mullins, 37.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Time: About 10 a.m.
Location: Near 8th Street and South Toledo.
Officers involved: The identities of the Tulsa Police officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released.
Shot: Shaunday Mullins, 37.
Race: Mullins is Native American, according to Department of Corrections records.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. Police said Mullins had a gun which he fired during the standoff. Officers returned fire, striking him at least twice in the chest.

Alexander Gabrial Lindahl, 24.

Monday, Oct. 8
Time: About 1 p.m.
Location: North of Okarche on U.S. 81
Officers involved: The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved in the shooting have not had their identities released.
Shot: Alexander Gabrial Lindahl, 24.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. Lindahl reportedly crashed his vehicle following a pursuit, then exited the crashed vehicle with a handgun.

September summary

All three officer-involved shootings in September were fatal, records show, bringing the yearly total to 26.

All three of the people who were shot were male and two of the three were reportedly armed. Kevin Kindred, 35, and Joey Nelson, 19, both reportedly pointed weapons at responding officers before being killed. Justin Snelson, 54, was reportedly involved in a pursuit, then “an encounter” with an Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office deputy before being killed.

No further information about “the encounter” has been released by authorities.

Only the Oklahoma City Police Department, which was responsible for the Kindred killing, has released information about the officer involved in the shooting, naming Sgt. Charles McMackin. Neither the Enid Police Department or Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office has identified their officers.

There have now been at least 26 fatal officer-involved shootings in Oklahoma this year.

Shootings
September — 3 (3 fatal)
August — 2 (1 fatal)
July — 5 (2 fatal)
June – 3 (1 fatal)
May – 7 (4 fatal)
April – 3 (3 fatal)
March – 8 (4 fatal)
February – 6 (3 fatal)
January – 7 (5 fatal)

September Shootings

Justin Snelson.

Saturday, Sept. 29
Time: Evening
Location: Near Sherman Avenue and Belmont Street in Okmulgee.
Officers involved: The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office told The Frontier that Ethan Mulkey is the name of the deputy who shot Snelson.
Shot: Justin Snelson, 54.
Race: Snelson is Native American, according to Department of Corrections records.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Unknown. The person who was shot was reportedly in a pursuit, crashed his motorcycle and then was “involved in an encounter” with a deputy, who shot and killed the man.

Thursday Sept. 27
Time: About 11 a.m.
Location: Near South Washington Street and West Frantz Avenue.
Officers involved: The Enid Police Department has not released the name of the officers involved.
Shot: Joey Leon Nelson, 19.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. The suspect was described as being involved in an “armed robbery” and allegedly pointed his firearm at officers, who ordered him to drop it, then reportedly shot Nelson after he refused.

Kevin Kindred, 35.

Monday, Sept. 10
Time: About 11:30 p.m.
Location: NW 36th and St. Charles Avenue, near Warr Acres.
Officers involved: Sgt. Charles McMackin
Shot: Kevin Kindred, 35.
Race: Black
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Yes.

August summary

Records show two officer-involved shooting in August, including the fatal shooting of 32-year old Chris Stone in Oklahoma City.

Stone, who had a firearm and reportedly threatened to shoot up a store, then pointed the gun at OKC police officer Matthew Patten, who shot Stone.

Stone was at least the 23rd person to be killed by Oklahoma police this year.

Shootings
August — 2 (1 fatal)
July — 5 (2 fatal)
June – 3 (1 fatal)
May – 7 (4 fatal)
April – 3 (3 fatal)
March – 8 (4 fatal)
February – 6 (3 fatal)
January – 7 (5 fatal)

August Shootings

Sunday, Aug. 26
Time: 1:30 a.m.
Location: Woodward
Officers involved: Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Austin Ellis.
Shot: Arturo Ramirez.
Race: Hispanic.
Officer race: White.
Fatal: No, Ramirez was shot in the hand.
Armed: Yes, Ellis was allegedly shot by Ramirez and struck in his vest.

Chris Stone. Courtesy.

Monday, Aug. 13
Time: About 1 a.m.
Location: 7-Eleven convenience store near SW 29th and Meridian in Oklahoma City.
Officers involved: Oklahoma City Police Officer Matthew Patten.
Shot: Chris Stone, 32.
Race: Black.
Officer race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Oklahoma City Police have said Stone, who had reportedly threatened to “shoot up” the convenience store, pointed his weapon at OKC police officer Matthew Patten, who shot and killed Stone.

July summary

At least five people were shot by Oklahoma police in July, records show, two of which were fatal.

All five of the people who were shot were male.

Millard Clark, 41, and 16-year-old Logan Simpson were at least the 21st and 22nd fatal shootings of 2018, records show.

Neither Clark nor Simpson were armed with firearms, police said, though Millard reportedly attacked a Lawton Police Department officer with a knife. Bixby police, who shot Simpson, said the teenager drove a vehicle at their officer, who fired into the vehicle, killing the 16-year-old. An attorney for the Simpson family disputes this.

Shootings
July — 5 (2 fatal)
June – 3 (1 fatal)
May – 7 (4 fatal)
April – 3 (3 fatal)
March – 8 (4 fatal)
February – 6 (3 fatal)
January – 7 (5 fatal)

July Shootings

Darian Daniels, 21.

Tuesday, July 31
Time: Early a.m.
Location: The pursuit started at an apartment complex on East Allen Road and ended on the Highway 51 bypass when the suspect crashed.
Officers involved: Tahlequah Police identified the officers as Bronson McNeil and Sgt. Corey Keele. McNeil fired three shots at the suspect, one of which struck the man in the back left shoulder.
Shot: Darian Daniels, 21.
Race: Native American.
Officer race: McNeil is Native American. Keele is white.
Fatal: No. The man was released from the hospital and booked into the Cherokee County Jail hours after the shooting.
Armed: Authorities have not mentioned a weapon, but did say the man began backing his car up at officers, one of whom fired five shots, striking the man once.

Brian Richardson, 55.

Thursday, July 26
Time: Late evening.
Location: 7-Eleven gas station near 4th Street and Telephone Road, in Moore.
Officers involved: Lt. Chris Maddocks.
Shot: Brian Richardson, 55.
Race: White.
Officer race: White.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Yes, Richardson, who had warrants for child pornography and indecent exposure, was allegedly armed with a knife.

Logan Simpson. Courtesy.

Sunday, July 22
Time: 5 a.m.
Location: The pursuit started in the 16400 block of South 84th East Avenue. The shooting occurred in the 8600 block of East 169th street. The body of the deceased juvenile was found in the vehicle in the 17400 block of South 92nd East Avenue.
Officers involved: The names of the Bixby Police officers involved have not yet been released, but a lawsuit filed by the Simpson family identified the officer who shot Simpson as Jon Little.
Shot: The name of the person who was shot has not been released by authorities, but family members identified him as 16-year-old Logan Simpson.
Race: White.
Officer race: Not yet released.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Unknown.

John Chatman. Courtesy

Tuesday, July 3
Time: About 2 p.m.
Location: Quiktrip, near 4950 South Harvard Avenue.
Officers involved: Tulsa Police Department officer Michael Caweizell is the officer who fired his gun. Michael Parsons, a TPD Sergeant, was wounded by the suspect.
Shot: John Terry Chatman Jr., 34.
Race: Black.
Officer race: White.
Fatal:  No.
Armed: Yes. Police said that after a lengthy negotiation to exit a vehicle Chatman was inside of, the suspect was shot by a pepper ball gun fired by Parsons. Chatman then retrieved a firearm and shot Parsons once. Caweizell then fired inside the vehicle, striking Chatman.

Millard Clark Jr. Courtesy

Tuesday, July 3
Time: 6:45 a.m.
Location: 1400 block of NW Taylor Avenue.
Officers involved: Lawton Police identified the officers as James Carr and Christopher Blessing.
Shot: Millard Clark Jr., 41.
Race: Native American.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Clark had a knife and allegedly attacked at least one officer, cutting him.
Justified: Yes

June summary

At least three people were shot by Oklahoma law enforcement in June, records show, one of which was a fatal shooting.

All three people who were shot were male.

Julio Hernandez Mata, 32, was fatally shot by officers who responded to the scene of a domestic incident in Chickasha. Hernandez Mata is believed to have killed his wife, Rebecca, and a man named Juan Hernandez Gonzalez prior to police arriving at the scene.

Mata was the 20th person to die as a result of officer-involved shootings in Oklahoma this year.

The two other men who were shot survived their shootings.

All three men who were shot were reportedly armed. Law enforcement said Mata had a gun in his vehicle at the time he was shot, while the other two men — Ronald Dean Minix, 70, and Alfred Douglas Hill, 34 — hand handguns nearby when shot. Minix was reportedly suicidal and was pointing a gun at his head when he was shot.

No information has been released on the officers involved in any of the three shootings. As for the people who were shot, Hill is black, and Hernandez Mata was Hispanic.

Shootings
June – 3 (1 fatal)
May – 7 (4 fatal)
April – 3 (3 fatal)
March – 8 (4 fatal)
February – 6 (3 fatal)
January – 7 (5 fatal)

June Shootings

Alfred Douglas Hill, Jr. Courtesy.

Saturday, June 16
Time: About 11:15 p.m.
Location: Near U.S. 169 and Admiral Place, Tulsa
Officers involved: The identities of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has not been released.
Shot: Alfred Douglas Hill, Jr., 34.
Race: Black.
Officer race: The name, race, and gender of the trooper involved in the shooting has not yet been released.
Fatal: No.
Armed: OHP Capt. Paul Timmons said there was an exchange of gunfire and that a handgun was found near Hill.

Friday, June 15
Time: 10:30 p.m.
Location: Near Highway 60 and Interstate 35, Tonkawa.
Officers involved: The identities of the Tonkawa Police Department officer has not been released.
Shot: Ronald Dean Minix, 70.
Race: Unknown.
Officer race: The name, race, and gender of the officer involved in the shooting has not yet been released.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Minix allegedly held a handgun to his head and threatened suicide. An officer then shot him in the hand.

Julio Hernandez Mata. Courtesy

Sunday, June 3
Time: After 5 a.m.
Location: Near U.S. 81 just north of Pocasset, about 15 minutes north of Chickasha.
Officers involved: The identities of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released by the OSBI, which is conducting the investigation. The OHP, Chickasha Police Department and Grady County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the call and officers from all three agencies fired shots, according to the OSBI.
Shot: Julio Hernandez Mata, 32.
Race: Hispanic.
Officer race: The names, race, and gender of the officers involved in the shooting has not yet been released.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Hernandez Mata had allegedly fled the scene of a domestic incident in Chickasha where his wife, Rebecca, and a man named Juan Hernandez Gonzalez, 31, were found shot to death.
Hernandez Mata reportedly fled from the scene and crashed his vehicle during a pursuit. Authorities have said Hernandez Mata did not follow commands or show his hands and was shot. A weapon was located in his vehicle, authorities said.

May summary

There were 7 officer involved shootings in May, four of which (Johnson, Webster, Odom, Vaughn) were fatal.

All seven people shot were males, and all four of the people killed by officers were white males. All four of the fatalities were reportedly armed with a weapon.

One of the men who was shot, Stopp, is Native American. Hernandez Mata is Hispanic.

Johnson and Webster allegedly fired at officers.

Of the seven shootings, in only one (Odom, shot by Tulsa Police Department officers Chris Beyerl and Shawn Hickey) were the officers involved identified. No information has been released regarding officer identities in any of the six other shootings. (Update: Shawnee police Sgt. Kevin Hughey was cleared in the shooting of Dakota Price.)

Our records show there were 31 officer-involved shootings between January and the end of May, 16 of which were fatal.

Shootings
May – 7 (4 fatal)
April – 3 (3 fatal)
March – 8 (4 fatal)
February – 6 (3 fatal)
January – 7 (5 fatal)

May Shootings

Larry Durbin. Courtesy

Sunday, May 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: South 11th Street and East Ponca Avenue.
Officers involved: The identity of the Ponca City Police Department officer has not been released.
Shot: Larry Durbin, 40.
Race: White.
Officer race: The age, race and gender of the Ponca City Police Department officer has not been released.
Fatal: No. A passenger in Durbin’s vehicle was also shot, and was hospitalized.
Armed: Yes, Durbin, who has a lengthy criminal history, fired at officers.

Thursday, May 24
Time: 2:30 a.m.
Location: 40200 block of Wolverine Road in Shawnee.
Officers involved: Shawnee Police Department Sgt. Kevin Hughey.
Shot: Dakota Price, 27.
Race: Unknown.
Officer race: White.
Fatal: No. Price was hospitalized after being shot in the stomach and in the hand.
Armed: Yes. Officers said Price pointed a weapon at them.

Daniel Timothy Johnson. Courtesy

Thursday, May 17
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: Near the area of Post Oak Road and 108th Ave. SE. in Norman, just south of Lake Thunderbird.
Officers involved: The identities of the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force officers involved in the shooting have not been released.
Shot: Daniel Timothy Johnson, 34.
Race: White.
Officer race: The age, gender and race of the officers involved has not been released.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Authorities have said Johnson opened fire on officers with a “long gun” before being shot.

Bradley Webster. Courtesy.

Friday, May 11
Time: 6 a.m.
Location: Downtown Talihina.
Officers involved: Troopers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and a task force with officers from Talihina police, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs and the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Office.
Shot: Bradley Daniel Webster, 53.
Race: White
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. The man who was killed during the “high-risk” warrant operation shot at law enforcement attempting to arrest him. Four OHP troopers were wounded during the encounter. A fifth trooper was struck by gunfire in a bulletproof vest and was unharmed.
Justified: Undetermined.

Marcus Allen Stopp. Courtesy

Thursday, May 10
Time: 4 a.m.
Location: Near Park Hill Road, just south of Highway 62.
Officers involved: A Grand River Dam Authority officer fired one shot, which struck Marcus Allen Stopp in the neck. The officer has not been identified, though court documents state GRDA officer Nate Cooper arrested Stopp following the encounter.
Shot: Marcus Allen Stopp, 25.
Race: Native American.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Unknown.
Justified: Yes.

Albert Odom. Courtesy

Monday, May 7
Time: About 12:30 p.m.
Location: 8500 block of East 41st Street.
Officers involved: Chris Beyerl and Shawn Hickey of the Tulsa Police Department.
Shot: Albert Shae Odom, 26.
Race: White.
Officer race: Both officers are white.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes.
Justified: Undetermined.

Franklin Vaughn. Courtesy

Sunday, May 6
Time: About 2 p.m.
Location: US 377 in Seminole County
Officers involved: The identities of the officers involved have not been released.
Shot: Franklin Robert Vaughn, 39.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes, Seminole County officials said the suspect pointed an AR-15 at officers who later returned fire.
Justified: Undetermined.

April summary

There were three officer-involved shootings in April, three of which were fatal.
Two of the fatalities, Justin Monjay and James Matthews Rogers, were white, and Deshawn Carswell was black.

The names of the officers involved in the four shootings have not been released, nor has their racial makeup. All of the people shot by officers were male. Two of the people shot were reportedly armed — Rogers had allegedly pistol-whipped a hostage prior to being shot, while Carswell was allegedly armed with a knife and threatening self-harm.

Monjay was allegedly attempting to strike officers with a vehicle when he was shot.

April Shootings

Justin Monjay.

Tuesday, April 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: 1400 block of North Elks Road.
Officers involved: The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released. The Tishomingo Police Department and Johnston County Sheriff’s office responded to the call.
Shot: Justin Monjay, 39.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: No. Monjay was allegedly driving a vehicle and ramming law enforcement vehicles when he was shot and killed.
Justified: Undetermined.

James Matthews Rogers.

Monday, April 9
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Between Oaks and Twin Oaks about a mile and half from U.S. 412.
Officers involved: Brian Costanza, Nathan Neill, Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Shot: James Rogers, 34.
Race: White.
Officer race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes, Rogers allegedly pistol-whipped a couple he took hostage during the standoff.
Justified: Yes, Costanza and Neill were both cleared in the shooting.

Deshawn Carswell.

Wednesday, April 4
Time: 2:30 a.m.
Location: Budget Inn, 312 North Morton Avenue, Okmulgee.
Officers involved: Names of the officers have not been released.
Shot: Deshawn Carswell, 35.
Race: Black.
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Okmulgee Police said Carswell had a knife.
Justified: Undetermined.

March summary

Eight people were shot by Oklahoma law enforcement in March, four of which were fatal. There have been 12 fatal shootings by law enforcement in the state through the the first three months of 2018.

All eight of the people shot in March were male. Four of the men — Jason Birt, Travis Joe Graham, Mark Allen Lunn and Ronnie Lewis Miller III — are white. Two of the men — Steven Anthony Thompson and Demon Jay Burris Reed — are black. John Domingues and Duane Preciado are Hispanic.

The names, gender and racial breakdown of the officers involved in the shootings is mostly unknown. Norman Police identified the officers involved in the March 25 shooting of Ronnie Lewis Miller III as Lt. Clay Bolin and Master Police Officer Chris Allison. Both officers are white.

The Stillwater Police Department has said they would not release the identities of the officers involved in the fatal March 28 shooting of suicidal man John Domingues unless the officers were charged with a crime, a ruling that appears contrary to the state’s Open Records Act. (Update, Stillwater police released the names of the officers, Micheal Casteel and Trevor Meridith, in mid-April.)

At least five of the men shot by officers in March had criminal records, including Mark Allen Lunn who was previously convicted of shooting a Perkins Police Officer in 1999.

March Shootings

Jason Birt.

Saturday, March 31
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Near Walnut and Mansur Avenue, Guthrie.
Officers involved: The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released.
Shot: Jason Birt, 27.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, machete.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Wednesday, March 28
Time: 8:15 p.m.
Location: Boomer Road near Stillwater High School, Stillwater.
Officers involved: Michael Casteel and Trevor Meridith.
Shot: John Domingues, 31.
Race: Hispanic.
Officer race: Meredith is white.
Armed: Yes, knife and gun.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Ronnie Lewis Miller III

Sunday, March 25
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Location: 24th Avenue Southwest and State Highway 9, Norman.
Officers involved: Lt. Clay Bolin and Master Police Officer Chris Allison, Norman Police Department.
Shot: Ronnie Lewis Miller III, 31.
Race: White.
Officer race: White.
Armed: Yes, gun.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Yes.

Steven Anthony Thompson, 27.

Sunday, March 25
Time: Not released.
Location: 1800 block of S.W. Lee, Lawton
Officers involved: The name of the Lawton Police Department officer involved in the shooting has not been released.
Shot: Steven Anthony Thompson, 27.
Race: Black.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, gun.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

Duane Preciado.

Wednesday, March 21
Time: About 11 p.m.
Location: 15123 E. 108th Place, Owasso.
Officers involved: Owasso Police Department Officers Casey Lawson and Laura Lehner.
Shot: Duane Preciado, 39.
Race: Hispanic.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, gun (AK-47.)
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Mark Allen Lunn.

Wednesday, March 21
Time: Not released
Location: Mannford
Officers involved: The name of the Mannford Police Department officer involved in the shooting has not been released.
Shot: Mark Allen Lunn, 47.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Knife. Lunn was also convicted in 2000 of shooting a Perkins police officer.
Fatal: Yes
Justified: Undetermined.

Demon Jay Burris Reed. Courtesy

Wednesday, March 14
Time: 11:15 p.m.
Location: 1423 S. 7th Street.
Officers involved: The name of the officer has not been released. The responding agency was the Grady County Sheriff’s Office.
Shot: Demon Jay Burris Reed, 34.
Race: Black
Officer race: Unknown
Armed: No. Reed was allegedly driving a vehicle in the direction of a deputy when he was shot.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

Travis Joe Graham.

Saturday, March 3
Time: The actual time has not been released, but the shooting occurred “early Saturday morning,” according to an OSBI release.
Location: 587 Fruit Street, Lone Grove.
Officers involved: Names have not been released, but the officer who fired the shots was from the Lone Grove Police Department. A Carter County Sheriff’s Office deputy was also there, but did not fire his weapon.
Shot: Travis Joe Graham, 28.
Race: White
Officer race:  Unknown.
Armed: Yes, Graham had a handgun he pointed at the Lone Grove Police Department officer.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

February summary
Six people were shot by Oklahoma law enforcement, three of which were fatal.

Five of the people shot were white. One, Haydon Taylor, was black. Taylor, 26, was shot after allegedly brandishing a knife and approaching an officer.

All six of the people shot by law enforcement were male.

All six of the people shot had weapons, according to police reports. William Patrick Young, 56, and 37-year-old Todd Anthony Heinen reportedly had firearms. Jason Douglas Kougl, 44, was reportedly suicidal and was holding a knife under his chin with he was shot in the hand by a Logan County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Strickland reportedly fired at arriving deputies.

Taylor was reportedly also armed with a knife.

Hignite was charged in May with shooting at officers who later shot him.

The race of the officers involved in the shootings is mostly unknown. Oklahoma City Police, which were involved in three of the four shootings, have not released the racial makeup of the officers involved — though they have released the officers’ names. One of the officers, Matt Comodeca (involved in the Heinen shooting,) is white.

The LCSO has not released the name or race of the officer who shot Kougl. Both deputies who shot Strickland are white.

Three of the five men shot by officers in February had criminal records. Kougl and and Young do not appear to have previously been arrested or charged with a crime, though police have said Young was shooting at an arriving officer and may have played a part in a homicide just before he was shot and killed. Court records show Strickland had a misdemeanor conviction for possessing a firearm while intoxicated in 2000.

The Strickland shooting was ruled justified.

February Shootings

Haydon Taylor.

Sunday, Feb. 25
11:10 p.m.

Location: 13511 Highland Park Blvd. 
Officers involved:
Oklahoma City Police Department officer Grant Wheeler.
Race: Black.
Officer race: Unknown.
Shot: Haydon Taylor, 26.
Armed: Yes, knife.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Todd Anthony Heinen.

Sunday, Feb. 25
6:30 p.m.

Location: 1000 block of SW 33rd Street.
Officers involved:
Sgt. Clint Music, and officers Jeremy Campbell and Matt Comodeca, all of Oklahoma City Police.
Race: White.
Officers race: The race of the officers has not been released by OKCPD. Comodeca is white
Shot: Todd Anthony Heinen, 37.
Armed: Gun.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

Saturday, Feb. 17
Time:
Evening
Location: 28000 block of East Fifth Street, Catoosa.
Officers involved:
Lt. Kyle Johnson and Deputy James Burk, Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office.
Race: White.
Officers race: Both Johnson and Burk are white.
Shot: Paul Strickland, 55.
Armed: Gun.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Thursday, Feb. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Main Street and Interstate 40, in Muldrow.
Officers involved: Muldrow Assistant Police Chief Tim Keith.
Shot: Marcus Allen Hignite, 22.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, Hignite was allegedly armed with a gun and fired a shot at officers.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

Sunday, Feb. 4
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: 9200 block of Bergamo Boulevard, Edmond.
Officers involved: The Logan County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s identity has not been released by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Shot: Jason Douglas Kougl, 44.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, authorities have said Kougl was suicidal and holding a knife under his chin when the deputy shot him in the hand.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

William Patrick Young, right. Courtesy

Thursday, Feb. 1
Time: 2:50 a.m.
Location: 15000 block of Barton Drive.
Officers involved: Oklahoma City Police Department Officer Brandon McDonald.
Shot: William Patrick Young, 56.
Race: White.
Officer race: White.
Armed: Yes, Young reportedly opened fire on the Oklahoma City Police Department officer who responded to a 911 “trouble unknown” call at his residence.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

January summary
There were seven officer-involved shootings in January, five of which were fatal.

Six of the people shot by officers were white; one, a Bartlesville woman named Geraldine Townsend, was black. Jorge Juarez, the first person shot by Oklahoma law enforcement this year, is Hispanic.

Townsend, who was armed with a BB gun and shot two officers who were arresting her son, was the only female shooting victim.

At least five of the people shot were armed — three had guns, one reportedly had a baseball bat, and another was described by authorities only as having a “weapon.” Townsend had a non-lethal BB gun.

In four of the seven shootings, the identities and race of the police officers involved have not yet been released. In two shootings — one by Tulsa Police of a man named Joseph E. Knight and one by Sallisaw Police of a man named Jonathan Duane Atchley — the departments’ released only the last names and first initials of the officers involved.

Five of the people shot by police in January had previous criminal records. Townsend had never been previously charged with a crime, but the police officers who killed her were arresting her son at the time.

January Shootings

Ricky Rusche

Tuesday, Jan. 30
The time of the shooting has not yet been released by the investigating agency.
Location: The address of the shooting has not yet been released, but it occurred in the town of Pink, in Pottawatomie County.
Officers involved: Anthony Degiusti, U.S. Marshals Service, Robert Lewis, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Shot: Ricky Leon Rusche, 40.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, but authorities have only said that Rusche had “a weapon,” and have not yet said what weapon he was carrying.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Justified.

Jason Daniel Smith.

Thursday, Jan. 25
7:29 p.m.
Location: 3001 NW 23rd Street, Oklahoma City.
Officers involved: Mark List, Oklahoma City Police Department.
Shot: Jason Daniel Smith, 36.
Race: White.
Officer race: White.
Armed: Yes, gun.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Undetermined.

Joseph E. Knight.

Monday, Jan. 22
1:30 p.m.
Location: Near West Pine Street and North Tacoma Avenue, Tulsa.
Officers involved: Robert Marcum, Ben Brandt, Tulsa Police Department.
Shot: Joseph E. Knight, 40.
Race: White
Officer race: Both white.
Armed: Yes, shotgun.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Undetermined.

Jonathan Duane Atchley.

Sunday, Jan. 21
10:45 p.m.
Location: Parking lot of Northeastern Health Systems, 213 East Redwood Street.
Officers involved: Brooke Griffey, Sallisaw Police Department.
Shot: Jonathan Duane Atchley, 37.
Race: White
Officer race: White
Armed: No.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Geraldine Townsend.

Thursday, Jan. 18
9:30 p.m.
Location: 1600 block of South Maple Avenue, Bartlesville.
Officers involved: The identities of the Bartlesville Police Officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released.
Shot: Geraldine Townsend, 72.
Race: Black.
Officer race: Unknown.
Armed: Yes, with a BB gun.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Jonathan LeRoy.

Saturday, Jan. 6
7 p.m.

Location: Near 13909 Fishmarket Road, McLoud.
Officers involved: Deputy James Caskey, Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.
Race: White
Officer race: White.
Shot: Jonathan William Leroy, 39.
Armed: Baseball bat.
Fatal: Yes.
Justified: Yes.

Thursday, Jan. 4
6:35 p.m.

Location: Two miles west of US 281 and Interstate 40 intersection, near Mile Marker 99 in Caddo County.
Officers involved:
Russell Boswell, Oklahoma Highway Patrol; Unknown, Hydro Police Department; Unknown, Hinton Police Department.
Race: Hispanic.
Officer race: White.
Shot: Jorge Juarez, 27.
Armed: Yes, handgun.
Fatal: No.
Justified: Justified.

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Dylan Goforth

Editor in Chief/Staff Writer

Dylan is a news junkie and QuikTrip addict. He spends too much time on Twitter, but has launched what will be a failed attempt to cut back in 2018. Contact: dylan@readfrontier.com or 918-931-9405.
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