BYSTANDER SHOOTS, KILLS SUSPECT IN ALTERCATION WITH OSAGE NATION POLICE OFFICER, OSBI REPORTS

News 9 - November 22, 2023 6:14 am

Osage Casino & Hotel in Bartlesville.

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A person was shot and killed outside the newly-opened Osage Casino & Hotel in Bartlesville on Tuesday, authorities confirm.

The Osage County Sheriff said this is the second incident to happen at the casino after a stabbing over the weekend.

The Osage Nation Police Department said an officer was there during the shooting but did not fire his weapon.

Both the suspect and the victim are not tribal members, so the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is leading the scene.

The OSBI said an Osage Nation Police Officer responded to the casino at 5 a.m. for a service call.

The officer allegedly tried to get the suspect out of the car, but he drove away and pulled the officer with him, according to Hunter McKee with the OSBI.

McKee says a bystander, not an officer, then shot the suspect and he died.

Crime scene tape was seen surrounding a truck in the parking lot and the medical examiner was also at the scene.

Investigators have not released the names of anyone involved.

McKee said the officer is doing OK and investigators are speaking with witnesses.

The Osage Casino & Hotel provided the following statement:

“We can confirm there was an incident in the parking lot of Osage Casino & Hotel in Bartlesville early this morning resulting in one fatality. No casino employees were involved, and we are currently working with Osage Nation Police and the OSBI in their investigation. The safety of casino guests is of the highest importance. The casino hotel remains open as the investigation continues. We send our thoughts and sympathy to the family of the victim.”

Police said both Osage Nation police and the hotel are cooperating fully with the investigation.

 

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