OSBI investigating deputy-involved shooting
Ponca City Now - April 9, 2015 10:44 am
The Creek County Sheriff’s Office has requested OSBI agents investigate a deputy-involved shooting that left one man dead.
At about 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Creek County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a domestic violence situation at 14485 S. 257 West Avenue, Kellyville.
When deputies arrived, they could see a man in a field approximately 50 yards from a home where the call originated. Deputies learned the man was Mark Smith, who had assaulted his estranged wife and her child. In the field, Smith was waiving an object. Deputies commanded Smith to drop what he was holding.
Smith ignored the commands and went inside a metal building where he was living. His estranged wife lived in a separate residence on the same property. Minutes later, deputies were able to speak with Smith on the phone and asked him to come outside.
Eventually, Smith lifted a metal door to the building and drove out. With his window rolled down, he showed the deputies he had what appeared to be a rifle inside the cab of the truck. A deputy deployed his taser.
Smith rolled up his window and drove his vehicle into a Bristow officer, knocking down the officer. Three deputies and a Bristow officer fired their weapons at Smith. Smith was transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Doctors pronounced Smith dead just after 2 a.m. Thursday.
The Bristow officer struck by Smith’s vehicle was not seriously injured.
OSBI agents will conduct a thorough investigation into the shooting and present the facts to the district attorney. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on Smith’s body. The district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified.