Ponca City, OK

Now: 46 °F

Currently: Cloudy

Hi: 46 °F | Lo: 34 °F

Friday

Hi: 52 °F 

Lo: 28 °F

Saturday

Hi: 53 °F 

Lo: 34 °F

Sunday

Hi: 63 °F 

Lo: 37 °F

Monday

Hi: 53 °F 

Lo: 31 °F

Tuesday

Hi: 58 °F 

Lo: 33 °F

Oklahoma officer cleared in fatal shooting, tactics rapped

The Associated Press - April 26, 2017 10:24 am

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma police officer has been cleared in the fatal shooting of a man, although the prosecutor criticized the tactics used prior to the shooting.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says in a letter that Bethany officer Matthew Branscum was justified in the Feb. 10 shooting of 46-year-old James Stephen McMullen.

But Prater wrote in the letter to Police Chief Phil Cole that Branscum should have known he had put himself in a dangerous position and that “supervisors should not have allowed him to be in that position.”

Police went to the home to arrest McMullen for assaulting his mother and Prater said Branscum was at the front door when McMullen answered the door while holding a gun.

McMullen was shot after refusing orders to drop the gun.

 

Latest Stories

Random Dress-Up Day at Po-Hi promotes school spirit

In order to promote unity and positive school spirit, members of the Po-Hi staff had another...

Deputy switches from gun to Taser to drop knife-wielding man

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A quick-thinking Oklahoma sheriff’s deputy is being praised after using her Taser...

Holiday reminders …

Until Dec. 31, the Festival of Angels Light Display throughout Ponca City and at Cann Gardens...