Agents investigate officer-involved shooting in Adair County
Ponca City Now - April 27, 2015 9:14 am
BUNCH, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation is looking into a fatal officer-involved shooting in Adair County.
The OSBI says the shooting occurred at about 11:10 a.m. Sunday when an unnamed Oklahoma wildlife officer approached three people fishing in the Bunch area of far eastern Oklahoma. The officer asked to see their fishing licenses and learned that one of them had an outstanding warrant for parole violation in Arkansas.
The officer attempted to take the man into custody and he began to fight. Both men fell into a pond where the suspect tried to hold the officer’s head under water. The officer fought his way above the water and fatally shot the suspect.
The man who died in Sunday’s altercation with a wildlife officer has been identified as 29-year-old Billy Joe Patrick of Arkansas.
The OSBI continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Once completed, the OSBI will present the district attorney with a comprehensive report on the case. The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified.