Shot by Shot: Oklahoma officer-involved shootings in 2020


The following is a list of every officer-involved shooting in Oklahoma in 2020.

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Prior years

January shootings

Scott Nove, 25. Courtesy NewsOn6

Saturday, Jan. 11
Location: Inola.
Officers involved: Inola Police Department. The officer has not had his identity released. 
Shot: Scott Nove, 25.
Race: White.
Fatal: No.
Armed: The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Nove fled from a traffic stop on a motorcycle and the officer fired a shot “as the pursuit ended.” The OSBI has not released the identity of the person who was shot, but friends identified him as Scott Nove to NewsOn6 and said Nove was struck in the foot. 

Matthew Swain, 25.

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Location: Liberty.
Officers involved: Sequoyah County Deputies Thomas Stafford and Robert Johnson.
Shot: Matthew Swain, 25.
Race: White.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Authorities said they had been notified a man was walking down the street with a handgun. Deputies who arrived and spoke to Swain said he pulled the gun on them, which was actually a replica pellet gun. They fired back striking him several times.
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Samuel Lanham, 50.

Sunday, Jan. 5
Location: Near West Reno Avenue and South Meridian Avenue.
Officers involved: Oklahoma City Police Department officers Daniel Reedy, Moises Avelar, Bradley Pemberton, Nathan Ross and Austin Meredith
Shot: Samuel Lanham, 50.
Race: White. 
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Police said Lanham had stabbed a woman prior to the shooting, and was brandishing the knife when they encountered him in public. Police said they used less lethal weapons against Lanham, which were ineffective. They shot him when he reportedly advanced on them following stun gun and bean bag guns were used against him.

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