No charges to be filed against officer, deputies in shooting of Joshua Anthony Barre

Posted at 5:55 PM, Aug 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-22 18:55:54-04

TULSA -- Tulsa County's District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said charges won't be filed against an officer or two deputies in the shooting of Joshua Barre earlier this year.

Kunzweiler said the shooting was justified based on the office's investigation.

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“The DA’s office previously determined that the actions of the Tulsa Police officer and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were justified in the death of Joshua Barre. Law enforcement personnel were confronted by an individual brandishing knives and walking into a convenience store. The threat of great bodily harm or death to individuals in the convenience store was a paramount concern to law enforcement officers. Their decision to use deadly force was justifiable based upon legitimate concern for the safety of others.”

“Mr. Barre’s death was unfortunate given his mental health history. However, decisions made by law enforcement on whether to use deadly force are decisions frequently made in a split second.”

The shooting happened in June in the 4400 block of North Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Police say Barre was holding several knives at the time of the shooting.

The Tulsa Police officer involved in the shooting was identified as Donnie Johnson, 32. The Tulsa County Deputies were identified as William Ramsey, 49, and Brandon Walker, 41.

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