Prosecutors call Tulsa shooting justified

The Associated Press - October 16, 2019 2:53 pm

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Prosecutors have determined a Tulsa police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a man suspected in a convenience store shooting before leading officers on a chase.

The Tulsa World reports that District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler on Tuesday cleared Officer Dean Montgomery in the fatal June shooting of 37-year-old Eric Portillo.

Kunzweiler found that Montgomery was justified in shooting because he was trying to arrest a suspect in a felony involving a gun.

Police have said Portillo had pistol-whipped and shot at a man at the convenience store before later firing a gun during the police pursuit in east Tulsa. Police say Portillo was still carrying the gun as he fled the vehicle being pursued by police and tried to run into a neighborhood.

 

Latest Stories

Two Ponca City Firefighters Promoted

Ponca City Fire Department- Congratulations to Jamie Stohland and Cody Wingo. They recently received helmet fronts...

OSDH: Over 115,000 active COVID cases statewide

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — On Thursday, January 20th, the situation update from the Oklahoma State Health Department...

OHP: Chase Suspect Shot, Killed By Trooper After Pursuit

TULSA, Oklahoma –  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating after a driver was shot and killed...