The Frontier: Video Of Latest Tulsa Police Shooting Shows Officers Deployed Tasers Before Using Lethal Force


Saturday, October 22nd 2016, 2:37 pm
By: News On 6


Video of a fatal shooting by Tulsa police Friday shows at least one witness thought police had little choice but to shoot the man.

Though his identity has not yet been publicly released, The Frontier has reviewed records indicating he may be a veteran who once lived on base at Fort Bragg, NC.

The shooting is the sixth fatal shooting by Tulsa police this year.  

The video, recorded by a witness across the street from the shooting, shows the 58-year-old man walking away from a police officer before he is shot. The Frontier received a link to the video from our media partner, NewsOn6, and recorded it on a second cell phone before it was removed from YouTube. 

10/22/2016 Related Story: Tulsa Witness' Cell Phone Video Captures Officer-Involved Shooting

The video shows police yelling “drop the knife” at the man repeatedly as he walks down the middle of Third Street in front of a McDonald’s on North Peoria Avenue. The man appears to turn around and face police just before he is shot.

Police fire a Taser at the man and about six seconds later, at least three gunshots and a Taser can be heard before the man falls to the ground. 

Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said police deployed Tasers several times before they shot the man. 

“None of them seemed to have an effect. I think the first one, only one probe hit so that would not complete the circuit “

Read The Frontier's story.