Shooting ruled justified

Ponca City Now - December 10, 2015 8:42 am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) – The Wagoner County district attorney has ruled that a Cherokee County deputy was justified in shooting and killing a knife-wielding man.

Deputy Bryan Qualls fatally shot 30-year-old Daniel Nole on October 30th after responding to reports of patients being stabbed at a drug rehabilitation center near Norwood.

Prosecutor Brian Kuester told reporters that Nole had a knife when Qualls first used a stun gun on the man. Kuester said Nole approached Qualls with the knife raised as Qualls tried to back away, but fell. Qualls then opened fire and shot Nole twice in the chest.

Nole was pronounced dead at the scene.


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