Sand Springs Police Release Video From Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting
SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma - Sand Springs Police Department released video from a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place September 1. Robert Desjarlais Jr., 49, was shot and killed following a pursuit southwest of Prattville.
Sand Springs Police said Lt. Kevin O'Keefe was pursuing Desjarlais Jr., and when the pursuit ended near 145th West Avenue and 61st Street South, the officer fatally shot and killed the suspect.
In the video, you can see Robert Desjarlais Jr. run into a Sand Springs police officer pinning him between his door and the car. Lt. O'Keefe commanded Desjarlais to stop four times, but he kept going - nearly running the officer over.
The original pursuit started just after 8 p.m. on Sunday September 1st, because Lt. O'Keefe saw Desjarlais run over a curb.
Desjarlais then took off leading O'Keefe on a pursuit for four miles. That's when they hit a dead end road and Desjarlais turned around, coming at Lt. O'Keefe. O'Keefe commanded him to stop four times then fired four shots into the vehicle's driver side window hitting him four times, killing him.
Chief Carter said they withheld the video until Monday, September 9 at the request of Desjarlais Jr.'s family. The family requested the video not be released until after his funeral.
O'Keefe has 20 years of service and has never before used deadly force, according to SSPD. He was evaluated at a hospital following the incident but was not seriously injured.
Sand Springs Police said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation and will hand their report over to the district attorney when it's complete.