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.

Know of an officer-involved shooting we missed, or have information on one we’ve covered? Contact us at info@readfrontier.com

Prior years
2019
2018

February shootings

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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Dylan Goforth

Editor in Chief/Staff Writer

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