Teen shot by Cushing police outside gym dies; OSBI investigating officer-involved shooting

CUSHING, Okla. - An 18-year-old man shot by two Cushing police officers during a confrontation outside a gym Thursday night has died.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the officer-involved shooting and two police officers are on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Cushing police say around 7 p.m. the officers answered a disturbance call at Simpson's Chiropractic on Main Street.

The final moments of Ozeir's life were caught on the gym's surveillance tape. Gym members say Ozeir offered to pay someone $5 to fight him.  

"We offered him some help. Tried to call somebody and see if he needed some help. He wasn't really having it. So one of my friends kind of walked him out and kind of got him calmed down a little bit," said witness Brian Porter.

When that didn't work, a gym employee called police.

Upon arrival, investigators say the officers were confronted in the parking lot by 18-year-old Rabih Ozeir, who was reportedly armed with a gun.

A statement from Cushing Police Department says the officers ordered Ozeir to drop the weapon. Police say he refused and continued to threaten the officers. 

Officials with OSBI say the officers fired multiple rounds, injuring Ozeir. He was taken to a Cushing hospital and then airlifted to a Tulsa trauma center where he later died.

Porter says he and several gym members hid in a locked room upstairs during the gunfire.

"We heard all the shots. We weren't sure if it was self-inflicted or Cushing PD," Porter said.

The officers' names have not been released.

The medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.

OSBI officials say their assistance was requested by the Cushing police chief. Upon completion of the investigation the district attorney will determine whether charges are filed.

According to Union Public Schools' spokeswoman Gretchen Haas-Bethel, Ozeir was a junior at Union High School. He left Union in October 2011 to take virtual classes but later returned.

Ozeir's Facebook page listed Cushing as his hometown.

Ozeir's funeral will be held in Tulsa this Saturday.

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