Muskogee police release video of officer-involved shooting

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 16:31:00-04

MUSKOGEE -- The Muskogee County District attorney has ruled that an officer-involved shooting was justified.

The shooting happened at 32nd and Broadway at about 8 a.m. on Aug. 7. The officer was identified as James Moore, and the suspect was identified as Sean Ellis.

In a court document released Friday, the District Attorney's office said "Officer Moore lawfully fired his handgun at Ellis, striking Ellis three (3) times."

Police said they received a report of a man near 33rd and West Okmulgee who possibly had a gun. When police arrived, they said the man, who was wearing a cowboy hat, did not comply with officers' instructions to show his hands.

Police said the man pulled out a large blade hunting knife and lunged at an officer. The officer shot the man twice in the abdomen.

The man was placed in handcuffs and taken to the hospital. He is in stable condition.

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