Shot by Shot: Oklahoma officer-involved shootings in 2020

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

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
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2018

May shootings

Wednesday, May 27
Location: Wilburton.
Officers involved: Wilburton Police Department.
Shot: Alexander Scott, 30.
Race: Scott’s race has not been released.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Scott reportedly stabbed Wilburton Police Department Officer Richard Johnson several times in the neck and shoulder before Johnson shot and killed him.  Johnson was briefly hospitalized and later released. 

Demontre Bruner, 21. Courtesy

Monday, May 4
Location: Muskogee.
Officers involved: Muskogee Police Department. The department said Lieutenant Chris Dean and officer Shane Leach fired their guns at Bruner.
Shot: Demontre Bruner, 21. 
Race: Black. 
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Muskogee police told KTUL Bruner, who was wanted in connection with a homicide in Tulsa, fired a gun at officers before being shot. He was taken to a Tulsa hospital where he died. 

April shootings

Michael Leon Hammett, 44. Courtesy

Sunday, April 5
Location: 6000 block of County Road 1490 in Ada.
Officers involved: Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Office. 
Shot: Michael Leon Hammett, 44.
Race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes, though the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has not yet said he was armed with. The man was reportedly threatening self-harm when he was shot, authorities said.

March shootings

Saturday, March 21
Location: 2800 block of South Pittsburgh Avenue, Tulsa.
Officers involved: Tulsa Police Department.
Shot: Michael Delaney, 35.
Race: Black.
Fatal: No.
Armed: Tulsa police said Delaney was inside a car and had a firearm in the seat when he was approached by officers. Delaney, police said, tried to drive away as officers were removing him from the vehicle, and was shot. He briefly escaped but was arrested later that night. His wounds were not considered serious, police said.

Jorge Martinez, 30.

Friday, March 13
Location: Blue Starr Drive and Lone Elm Road in Claremore.
Officers involved: Rogers County Sheriff’s Office.
Shot: Jorge Martinez, 30.
Race: Hispanic.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said deputies were serving a protective order on Martinez when he allegedly struck a deputy multiple times. The deputy fired at Martinez, killing him.

Jerry Gaghins, 42.

Friday, March 6
Location: Waterstone Apartments, 1042 E. 57th Place, in Tulsa.
Officers involved: The names of the officers have not yet been released.
Shot: Jerry Gaghins, 42.
Race: Gaghins, who previously spent times in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, is identified in prison records as being Native American. 
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Gahins was armed with a knife, according to police, who were responding to a 911 call about a domestic incident where Gaghins was reportedly armed with a knife. Tulsa police said in a statement early Friday Gaghins approached officers and a security guard with a knife and was shot after refusing to drop it.

February shootings

James Gilbert Thomson, 30.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Location: Tahlequah
Officers involved: Oklahoma Highway Patrol, US Marshal task force, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. The officers were identified as Sgt. Richard Berry, Sgt. Brad Baker and Deputy Aaron Johnson of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers Stacy Howze and Matthew Williams.
Shot: James Gilbert Thomson, 30.
Race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Thompson, who was wanted by authorities for allegedly shooting at a Fort Gibson Police Department Officer on Sunday, was shot and killed in Tahlequah following a pursuit.

Friday, Feb. 7
Location: Sapulpa, at a cemetery near east Teel Road.
Officers involved: Sapulpa Police Department. The officer’s name has not been released.
Shot: Michael Collins, 38. 
Race: Unreleased.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: The man was suicidal and reportedly armed with a knife, police said. Sapulpa police said Collins approached the officer with the knife and was shot and killed.

Tuesday, Feb. 4
Location: Allen, in Pontotoc County.
Officers involved: An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed Taylor. 
Shot: Shawn Taylor, 33.
Race: White.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: Yes. Authorities said Taylor fled from a traffic stop to his home, and hid in the attic. A SWAT team destroyed the home and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed Taylor, who allegedly was pointing a firearm responding officers.

January shootings

Ronald J. Coleman II, 26.

Tuesday, Jan 28
Location: Comanche. Along Highway 53 between Walters and Comanche.
Officers involved: Officers from the Walters Police Department, along with Cotton and Stephens County sheriffs offices. Names have not yet been released.
Shot: Ila Combs, 35, and Ronald J. Coleman II, 26.
Race: Unknown.
Fatal: No. Both people who were shot were transported to a local hospital.
Armed: No. The OSBI said a Cotton County Sheriff’s Office deputy saw a car with no plates drive by and tried to pull the vehicle over, leading to a pursuit. The driver of the vehicle, in an attempt to avoid the stop sticks, drove off the road and spun out, according to an OSBI news release. Law enforcement vehicles surrounded the stopped vehicle, and authorities began shooting at the car as it was “put … in reverse to avoid deputies.”
Video: Click HERE

Surveillance footage from a Purcell convenience store allegedly showing Adam Hernandez stealing a vehicle. Courtesy KOCO

Sunday, Jan 20
Location: Moore. Near Northwest 27th Street near North Shields Boulevard.
Officers involved: Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Joe Kimmons and Clay Anderson.
Shot: Adam Ray Hernandez, 34.
Race: Court documents identify Hernandez as Hispanic.
Fatal: Yes.
Armed: No. Video shows Hernandez stealing a black Chevrolet at a convenience store in Purcell, and Hernandez allegedly led Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on a chase that ended in Moore when Hernandez crashed the vehicle. An Oklahoma Department of Public Safety news release stated Hernandez was shot when exiting the vehicle.

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: No. 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.
Video: Click here

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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