Man Dead In Muskogee Officer-Involved Shooting
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - A man has died in an officer-involved shooting Muskogee on Saturday afternoon, authorities have confirmed.
It reportedly began as a disturbance between an armed man and his girlfriend, according to Muskogee police.
The woman was at a wedding inside the Old Agency Baptist Church when the man, who police say threatened to kill her in the past, called her and asked her to step outside.
Terence D. Walker, 21, has been identified as the man killed.
A police spokesperson at the scene initially said officers confronted Walker and began to pat him down for weapons, but he ran away, dropped a gun and reached to pick it up. Later Cpl. Mike Mahan clarified, saying that an item fell from Walker's body, he reached to pick it up and turned toward the officer, forcing the officer to open fire. A loaded semi-automatic pistol was recovered near Walker's body, Mahan said.
A witness at the scene also told officers that just prior to the shooting, the suspect tried to hand the gun to her in an attempt to conceal the weapon from the officer but the witness refused to take the gun, Mahan said.
Old Agency Baptist Pastor AH Jones said the woman alerted him after the ceremony that her boyfriend was coming down to the church to shoot and kill her.