June 16, 2020 – DA rules officer-involved shooting justified

As reported June 16, 2020 in the Tahlequah Daily Press:

District Attorney Jack Thorp said Tuesday that the February officer-involved shooting of a suspect was justified, but findings suggest the fatal wound was self-inflicted.

Thorp announced his findings June 15 after reviewing the investigation of the Feb. 26 shooting of James Gilbert Thompson Jr. in Tahlequah.

“After reviewing the investigation, including interviews, videos, photographs, physical evidence, and laboratory tests, it is my opinion that the actions and use of deadly force by Cherokee County Deputies Brad Baker and Richard 2Berry; OHP Troopers Matthew Williams and Stacy Howze; and Deputy U.S. Marshal Phillip Gilliam, were justified under Oklahoma Statute 21 O.S. 732 (A)(2)(a & b),” Thorp said.

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