Man Shot, Killed Following Tulsa Police Standoff
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that took place after a police pursuit Monday afternoon.
Police confirmed a 15-minute chase with a man armed with a shotgun ended at a home near Pine and Tacoma. Many police responded to the area, forming a perimeter around the home which is north of downtown and west of the Tisdale Parkway.
Officers were in a standoff for a little over an hour. An officer told News On 6 the man, identified as 40-year-old Joseph Knight, held a shotgun to his own head but continued to communicate with police.
Shots were heard around 3 p.m., and TPD confirmed Knight had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officers said Knight accidentally shot himself in the shoulder while trying to get into a home.
Police said he came around the side of the house, still holding the gun in his hands when police fired their rifles at him.
Crime scene tape went up around the home and the homicide unit arrived around 3:15 p.m.
Police determined Knight lived at the residence and was wanted on a weapons charge.
A family who lives near that home says they just moved in three months ago.
"It's scary ‘cause it's real close to home, real close,” said Sheila Martin.
Reporter Brian Dorman: “Doesn't really get much closer?”
Martin: “No, I can see it from my kitchen window actually.”
Martin and her 18-year-old son Tristen Clark saw the incident as they got home from school Monday.
“All right here was blocked off,” Clark recalled. “Right here was a couple police cars. All around there was police cars.”
The home turned crime scene has neighbors uneasy.
“I never would have thought it would have been right next door,” added Clark.