In an electronic mail despatched to CNN, Dan Stewart of the Oklahoma City Police Department mentioned that the division was knowledgeable on Tuesday that the officers could be charged.
Officers Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton are all at the moment on paid administrative go away, Stewart informed CNN.
According to the Oklahoma City Police Department incident report, officers had been responding to an armed theft name at a gasoline station on November 23. The report says that the shop clerk fled the shop through the theft and locked the suspect inside.
Once officers arrived, they surrounded the gasoline station and ordered the suspect, Stavian Rodriguez, to return out. He climbed out of the drive-thru window, the report says.
Surveillance footage launched by the district legal professional reveals Rodriguez stepping out of the window and pulling a gun out of his waistband as officers had been yelling for him to indicate them his palms and drop the gun. He seems to be placing his hand down on his left facet, and officers opened hearth on him seconds later.
Bodycam footage from 5 of the officers offered to CNN by the police division didn’t present the precise taking pictures, however officers may be heard yelling for Rodriguez to indicate them his palms. It’s unclear within the movies who fired the primary pictures however a number of pictures may be heard.
The incident report states that Rodriguez “did not follow officers’ commands and was subsequently shot.” He died after he was transported to the OU Medical Center, the report states.
Police information present that every one 5 officers fired at Rodriguez. Another officer on the scene fired a much less deadly spherical, they are saying, and was not charged within the incident. The 5 officers concerned have been on administrative go away since November, the report says.
“A loss of life is always a tragedy, and we know these officers did not take firing their weapons lightly,” John George, president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police, mentioned in an announcement. “The OKC FOP stands by these officers and maintains they acted within the law.”
Attorneys haven’t been listed for the officers as of Wednesday. Currently, there are not any dates set for the case.