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(Updated May 3, 2021)
Date: Saturday, May 1
Location: Martin Luther King Boulevard at N.E. 52nd Street, Oklahoma City
Department(s) involved: Oklahoma City Police Department
Shot: Quinton Edward Pace, 37.
Armed: Yes, with a gun.
Details: Oklahoma City Police said Pace drove a vehicle into the squad car driven by Officer Samuel Flowers, then struck the squad car again multiple times. Pace then exited the vehicle and began firing at Flowers, police said. Flowers returned fire and struck Pace, who was treated for a non-life threatening wound and later booked into jail.
Date: Saturday, April 24.
Location: Webbers Falls.
Department(s) involved: Webbers Falls Police Department
Shot: Benjamin Ridley, 29.
Armed: Police initially said Ridley was armed with a handgun.
Details: No information about what led to the shooting has been released. Ridley had outstanding warrants according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Date: Monday, April 5
Location: 100 block of Nixon Drive in Anadarko.
Department(s) involved: Anadarko Police Department
Shot: Silas Lambert, 25.
Armed: Yes. Police said Lambert shot an officer before being killed by return fire.
Details: According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Anadarko officers responding to an overdose call were attempting to revive a person who had reportedly overdosed on drugs when Lambert began to fire at them. One officer was shot, the OSBI said, but the wounds were not considered life threatening. The officers returned fire and killed Lambert.
Date: Saturday, March 27
Location: Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma City.
Department(s) involved: Oklahoma City Police Department. The department identified its officers as Lt. Coy Gilbert and Officer Kevin Kuhlman.
Shot: Curtis Montrell Williams, 35.
Armed: Police have said Williams was holding a “makeshift weapon” to the throat of a detention officer when he was shot and killed.Details: Inmates on the 10th floor of the Oklahoma County Jail, a notoriously understaffed and unsafe facility, took a detention officer hostage and broadcast video of the hostage and their demands on Facebook Live with use of a cell phone taken from the detention officer. Inmates said their cells were covered in mold, they had not had showers in weeks, they had no running water and their toilets did not work. Police officers entered the 10th floor and shot and killed Williams, who they said was holding a shiv to the throat of a detention officer.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 28
Department(s) involved: Muskogee Police Department. Four MPD officers were put on leave, though the department has not said if they’ve determined which officer was responsible for the shooting. The officers included — James Folsom, Shawn Brown, B.J. Hudson, Evan Hendricks.
Shot: Farrah Rauch, 17
Armed: Muskogee police said that Rauch fired a handgun at officers during a pursuit.
Details: Rauch and Joseph Dugan, 17, were reportedly involved in a multi-state crime spree before stealing a vehicle in Muskogee, leading to the pursuit. Officers said they later found the vehicle hidden in the woods and as they approached, Dugan shot and killed himself.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 24
Location: Vici, a small town near the panhandle about 20 miles south of Woodward.
Department(s) involved: Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The names of the troopers involved have not been released.
Shot: Michael Richard Stambaugh, 39.
Armed: Yes. Authorities said Stambaugh approached troopers with a firearm.
Details: Authorities said Stambaugh, who had a warrant for his arrest for sexual abuse of a child, was involved in a brief standoff with troopers. He was shot and killed after reportedly exiting a home while armed with a firearm.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 4
Location: Oklahoma City, near N.W. 16th and MacArthur Blvd.
Department(s) involved: Oklahoma City Police Department. The department identified the officer involved as Gerald Ritter III.
Shot: Tilford Barton, 30.
Armed: Yes. Police said Barton fired at an officer.
Details: Police said Barton fired at Ritter, who returned fire, killing Barton, who had a history of mental illness.
Date: Sunday, Jan. 31
Department(s) involved: McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office. Three deputies, whose identities have not been released, were placed on routine leave following the shooting.
Shot: Franklin Gray, 39.
Armed: No. But authorities said Gray was shot while trying to take a deputy’s firearm.
Details: Authorities said deputies received a report that Gray was involved in a domestic disturbance with his mother. When they arrived, they said Gray began to fight with them. He was shot, they said, after attempting to take a deputy’s firearm.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 23
Location: Oklahoma City, near the 4900 block of North Missouri Avenue.
Department(s) involved: Oklahoma City Police. The department identified the officer involved as Braden Downs.
Shot: Joel Lewis, 63.
Armed: Yes. Police said Lewis shot Downs, who was wearing a bulletproof vest.
Details: Police said they were responding to a domestic disturbance when Lewis pulled out a handgun and shot Downs in the chest. Lewis was shot in the leg in return fire, and was later arrested and hospitalized.
Date: Sunday, Jan. 17
Department(s) involved: Lawton Police Department. The department has not identified the officers involved.
Shot: Zonterious Johnson, 24.
Armed: Police said Johnson was shot and killed as he pointed a firearm at officers.
Details: Lawton Police said they were conducting a “compliance check” at a local club, the “Lavish Lounge,” when they heard gunshots coming from outside. Police said officers exited the building, saw Johnson pointing a firearm at them, then shot and killed him.