Tulsa law officers kill man, sparking street protest

Angie Massey
June 9, 2017

A police dispatcher confirmed shots were fired about 9:50 a.m. Friday.

Authorities in Tulsa have fatally shot a man while trying to serve a pickup order for a mental health issue.

Last month, a jury acquitted a Tulsa police officer Betty Jo Shelby in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man. Two deputies and a police officer opened fire after officers discovered that he was carrying two knives.

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A large crowd gathered at the scene Friday morning after the shooting, and by noon the crowd had swelled to about 200 people, the station reports. Ashley said the man was 29, but police haven't released his name.

At one point police told the crowd not to throw anything across the police tape, but News On 6 reporter Katiera Winfrey said they instantly started throwing cans and whatever else they could find. The Tulsa Police Department and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office sent many more officers to the scene, some wearing riot gear. A line of deputies and officers formed as they stood almost shoulder to shoulder across the street from the crowd that many at the scene considered to be growing more hostile.

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