Muskogee Police Release Names In Officer-Involved Shooting

Tuesday, August 8th 2017, 11:38 am
By: News On 6

The Muskogee Police Department has released the name of the officer who shot a knife-wielding suspect Monday morning near 32nd and Broadway in Muskogee. 

Officer James Moore, 27, was the officer who fired his gun at the suspect, Sean Ellis, 44, who was holding a knife when Moore shot him, said officer Lincoln Anderson in a news release.

Moore has been an officer with MPD for more than two years. 

Officers said this is the department's first officer-involved shooting in more than two years. Police were trying to question Ellis the morning of August 7, 2017, after witnesses called MPD and said he was holding a weapon.

When they tried to question Ellis, he pulled a knife on Moore and began approaching the officer, Anderson said. That's when Moore fired his weapon and Ellis was struck twice in the abdomen, MPD said. 

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Ellis has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and attempted escape from lawful detention, Anderson said. 

Ellis is currently in a Tulsa hospital and is listed as stable, police said.