DA calls Owasso po­lice shoot­ing jus­ti­fied

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OWASSO — A district at­tor­ney has de­ter­mined that two Owasso po­lice of­fi­cers were jus­ti­fied when they fa­tally shot a man who al­legedly ap­proached them with two firearms in March.

Duane Pre­ci­ado, 39, was shot and killed by the of­fi­cers on the night of March 21 af­ter he re­port­edly ap­proached them and re­fused com­mands to drop his weapons.

Matthew Bal­lard, district at­tor­ney for Craig, Mayes and Rogers coun­ties, wrote in an April re­port that of­fi­cers Casey Law­son and Laura Lehner of the Owasso Po­lice Depart­ment “were com­pelled by Mr. Pre­ci­ado’s ac­tions to re­spond with deadly force.”

Bal­lard noted that the of­fi­cers at­tempted to defuse the sit­u­a­tion and “even re­treated and at­tempted to wait for backup.”

“Given the cir­cum­stances, the of­fi­cers dis­played ad­mirable pa­tience and brav­ery,” Bal­lard wrote.

The Owasso Po­lice Depart­ment was called shortly be­fore 10:30 that night to a res­i­dence in the area of 108th Place North be­tween 151st East and 154th East av­enues in the Lake Val­ley ad­di­tion about a wel­fare check.

Ac­cord­ing to Bal­lard’s re­port, Pre­ci­ado was a “de­pressed vet­eran” who was sui­ci­dal at the time.

Upon ar­riv­ing at the res­i­dence, the of­fi­cers rang the door­bell and knocked, at which point Pre­ci­ado be­came “irate,” al­legedly scream­ing at them to get out of his house and threat­en­ing to shoot them. The of­fi­cers had not en­tered the res­i­dence, Bal­lard wrote.

The of­fi­cers even­tu­ally re­treated be­hind a white pickup in a neigh­bor’s drive­way. As they did so, Pre­ci­ado al­legedly con­tin­ued to threaten them. While be­hind the ve­hi­cle, both of­fi­cers re­ported hear­ing the sound of a ri­fle or shot­gun round be­ing racked, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Body cam­era footage re­port­edly showed that the of­fi­cers stayed be­hind the ve­hi­cle for more than four min­utes, at which point Pre­ci­ado al­legedly ex­ited the home with two firearms, later re­vealed to be a semi-au­to­matic pis­tol and an AK-47 ri­fle, scream­ing pro­fan­i­ties.

He re­port­edly con­tin­ued to threaten the of­fi­cers. At one point, he al­legedly said he was “un­sta­ble,” ac­cord­ing to Bal­lard’s re­port.

As Pre­ci­ado ap­proached the pickup, he al­legedly twice yelled “kill me.” The of­fi­cers re­port­edly com­manded him to drop his weapons at least nine times be­fore fir­ing upon him.

Three rounds in to­tal were fired. Pre­ci­ado was taken to St. John Medical Cen­ter in Tulsa, where he was pro­nounced dead.

“The of­fi­cers were jus­ti­fied in their be­lief that the im­me­di­ate use of deadly force was nec­es­sary to pre­vent se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury to them­selves,” Bal­lard wrote.

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