The Oklahoman

Man with knife shot and killed by police officers near Geary

- Josh Dulaney

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigat­ion is investigat­ing an officer-involved shooting that happened Wednesday near Geary, about 25 miles west of El Reno.

Around 4:28 p.m. Wednesday, the Geary Police Department requested the OSBI investigat­e the shooting, which occurred at Interstate 40 and the State Highway 281 on-ramp.

Authoritie­s said a Geary police officer saw a 46-year-old man holding a knife. The officer stopped to talk to the man and ordered him to put down the knife, authoritie­s said.

The man allegedly did not comply. A second officer, who was off-duty, stopped to help. Authoritie­s said attempts were made to de-escalate the situation but the man would not put the knife down. A third officer arrived and attempted to deploy his Taser but “could not get a clear shot,” according to an OSBI news release. OSBI said when the man saw the Taser, “he lunged at the off-duty officer with the knife and one shot was fired.”

Officers attempted to render aid but the man died before medics arrived, authoritie­s said. The man’s name was not released pending notification of next-of-kin. The OSBI said upon completing the investigat­ion, a report will be submitted to the district attorney’s office. The district attorney will determine if charges should be filed.

The OSBI does not release the names of the officers involved unless the district attorney determines charges should be filed, the agency said. The Geary Police Department declined to give any more details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigat­ion.

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