Woman Shot, Killed By Muskogee Police Identified

Friday, October 1st 2010, 12:19 pm
By: News On 6

Newson6.com & Dan Bewley, The News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma -- A domestic disturbance in Muskogee Friday morning ended with one woman dead and a Muskogee Police officer injured.

Muskogee Police say they were responding to a burglary call when the domestic disturbance broke out between a mother and daughter at a home in the 300 block of N Street at about 10:30 a.m.

Police said Officer Perry Galvin was trying to calm down the daughter, identified as Letha Adams, when Adams tried to take his weapon. Police said the two then got into a scuffle.

"She was just swinging and she was on top of him and going crazy," said Kimbra Craig, a Muskogee resident.

Craig, who lives across the street, watched the fight escalate and couldn't believe what she was seeing.

"All I could see was that she was on top of him and, like I said, I thought it was a man and all I could see was that she was on top of them and the officers were screaming," she said.

Police said a second officer, identified as Ginny Bemo, arrived and quickly went to her partner's aid, firing shots at Adams.

Craig didn't actually see the shooting, but says the woman was very violent towards that officer.

"If it would have been I probably would have done the same thing but I don't want to put myself in that position and say yes, it was justified or no, it wasn't," Craig said.

Adams was taken to a Muskogee hospital where she later died.

Muskogee County EMS said Officer Galvin was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Officer Bemo has been placed on administrative leave.