Shot by Shot: Oklahoma officer-involved shootings in 2019

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The following is a list of every officer-involved shooting in Oklahoma in 2019.

Data about officer-involved shootings can be hard to find, so The Frontier actively tries to collect and store as much information as possible on every shooting.

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Prior years
2018

January summary

There were at least five officer-involved shootings in January, according to records reviewed by The Frontier, at least three of which were fatal.

All five people who were shot were male, and all were white.

The identities of officers who fired the shots have been released in three cases, while two remain under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as of Feb. 1.

Three of the five men who were shot by police were armed with guns. At least three had criminal records.

Shootings
January — 5 (3 fatal)

January Shootings

Kirk Dustin Shields, 38.

Wednesday, January 30
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Location: 2600 block of West Park Place in Oklahoma City.
Officers involved: Brandon Lee, Oklahoma City Police Department.
Shot: Kirk Dustin Shields, 38.
Race: White.
Officer race: Unreleased.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Oklahoma City Police have said officers encountered Shields, who had allegedly escaped from the Carver Transitional Center, a halfway house, and had also allegedly assaulted a man just prior to the shooting. Shields was allegedly armed with a “crowbar-type” instrument, police said, and charged at officers. Tasers, police reported, were ineffective against him.

Terry Lee Cockrell, 57.

Wednesday, January 16
Time: 10:14 p.m.
Location: 7600 block of North Madison Avenue, in Tulsa.
Officers involved: Mic Bonin, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.
Shot: Terry Lee Cockrell, 57.
Race: White
Officer race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. Cockrell had allegedly violated a protective order by going to his ex-girlfriend’s house. When deputies arrived, Cockrell allegedly told them he had a gun in his pocket and he wanted a deputy to shoot him, according to TCSO. When Cockrell reached for the pocket, the deputy fired his weapon, killing Cockrell.

Cody Allan Longstreet, 30.

Thursday, Jan. 10
Time: About 4:30 a.m.
Location: SE 23rd and S Central in Oklahoma City.
Officers involved: Police identified the officers involved as Sgt. Samuel Pagel, Officer Jose Colmenares, Sgt. Joshua Castlebury and Officer Troy Nitzky. Castlebury and Nitzky are the officers who fired.
Shot: Cody Alan Longstreet, 30.
Race: White
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: No
Armed: Oklahoma City Police said Longstreet was driving a stolen vehicle when he fled from pursuing officers on foot near SE 25th and Byers. Longstreet allegedly had a gun and was Tased, which was ineffective, then shot and transported to the hospital.

Jeremy Dale Edmonds, 42.

Monday, Jan. 7
Time: About 2:30 p.m.
Location: 35 N. Louisville Avenue, in Tulsa.
Officers involved: The names of the two U.S. marshals who shot Jeremy Dale Edmonds, 42, have not yet been released.
Shot: Jeremy Dale Edmonds, 42.
Race: White
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes
Armed: Authorities have said Edmonds was armed with a knife. The warrant being served on him was for an allegation of domestic assault and battery by strangulation, records show.

Sunday, Jan. 6
Time: About 6 a.m.
Location: Near Highway 115 and Oak Street in Cache.
Officers involved: The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released. Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said his deputies as well as the Cache Police Department were on the scene.
Shot: James McDonald.
Race:  Unknown
Officer race: Unknown.
Fatal: Yes
Armed: Stradley said McDonald had allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend (killing him,) then shot deputy William Perry before returning to the home and setting it on fire. McDonald allegedly shot an officer during a lengthy standoff, then was shot and killed while trying to drive away from the scene. McDonald had been armed with a rifle, shotgun and handgun, authorities said. Police have said McDonald was a retired military member and suffered from PTSD.

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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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