Muskogee officer had been suspended before

Tuesday, August 22nd 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- A Muskogee police officer who was put on paid leave after shooting a suspect to death Saturday night was suspended in 1998 for another fatal shooting.

Officer Gary Glover was suspended after he shot 19-year-old Eric McNac during a traffic stop late Saturday. Police said McNac had made "threatening motions" from a car.

Glover will remain suspended until police investigators turn their report over to prosecutors, who will decide whether the shooting was justified.

Glover, a three-year veteran of the Muskogee Police Department, fatally shot 18-year-old Lucas Billie in November 1998 following a call about shots being fired.

Billie was being sought by police on a deadly assault complaint and was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket three times during the stop, reports said.

Police said Billie took a handgun out of his pocket, and Glover fired. Prosecutors ruled that shooting was justified.

The shooting Saturday evening happened after police responded to a call about shots being fired in the city.

A white Buick carrying driver Ronnie McNac, Eric McNac and two other men was stopped by police. Ronnie McNac was ordered to leave the car and a 9-mm pistol was found on him, said Muskogee police spokesman Sgt. Derek Apple.

The other three were ordered to show their hands, which is when police said McNac made the threatening motion.

Police found two other 9-mm pistols in the car, he said.

A quarter-pound of crack cocaine was found on Eric McNac at the hospital, according to reports.

The shooting drew an angry reaction from McNac's friends and family, and authorities said at least 100 people maintained a tense vigil Monday at the hospital where McNac died.