Friends Create Memorial For Man Killed By Wagoner Officer
WAGONER, Oklahoma - A 25-year-old man is dead and a Wagoner police officer is on leave after an early Tuesday morning shooting.
Friends of the man killed, Andrew Henson, have laid out flowers and stuffed animals, but they're still in shock their loved one is gone.
“I can't believe it actually happened,” Brandon Hampton said.
Hampton said he was with Henson just an hour before Henson was shot and killed.
“He came over, brought me some Mickey D's,” Hampton said. “He's always there. He's always been a big brother to me.”
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said a Wagoner County deputy pulled Henson over for a traffic violation just after midnight. OSBI said the deputy learned Henson was wanted for burglary in Mississippi and tried to arrest him - that's when officials say Henson drove away, beginning a pursuit.
OSBI said Henson tried to run a deputy off the road and the deputy fired several shots but didn't hit Henson.
The chase ended when OSBI said Henson rammed a Wagoner police vehicle, twice, before flipping his own SUV.
OSBI said the officer reported Henson got out of the vehicle and made a threatening move toward the officer - that's when the officer fired several shots.
Wagoner resident Cynthia Crawford said, “We not used to this. Not in this little old small town, you know?”
Crawford said she watched as the police pursuit ended in front of her house.
“He jumped out his truck and he went to run, and when he went to run the police jumped out of theirs and went to shooting him. Three times,” she said.
It's a morning residents won't soon forget, and one Henson's friends still can't comprehend.
“He's a good guy and he's big-hearted. He's the type of guy you can depend on,” Hampton said. “He always brightened up everybody's day.”
Henson leaves behind a young son and daughter.
The officer involved was not hurt, but he is on administrative leave.
We asked OSBI if Henson was armed but were told that's part of the investigation.