A man died a few hours after being shot by police for pulling out a weapon as officers were giving commands to him, according to authorities.
Tulsa Police said the man, who they have identified but have not released his name, is accused of robbing another man at his vehicle at gunpoint after he cashed his check at the Springdale Shopping Centre on N. Lewis Ave. on Friday.
In a statement to police, the victim said the suspect that was shot was wearing a ski mask and all-black clothes when he pulled out a gun and robbed him.
The Tulsa Police helicopter eventually located the suspect and officers converged on the area near Birmingham and Sequoyah. Police report the suspect ran away and then stopped near Birmingham and Tecumseh, where he pulled out a semi-automatic pistol as officers were giving him commands.
The TPD said his actions forced officers to take defensive action. After he was shot, officers secured his weapon and administered aid until EMSA arrived.
The suspect died early Saturday morning at the hospital.
The three officers involved are on administrative leave, according to the TPD.