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Shoplifting suspect shot in Muskogee officer-involved shooting

Posted at 10:22 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 06:29:42-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — One man is in the hospital and three Muskogee police officers are on paid administrative leave after an overnight shooting Wednesday.

It started outside a convenience store where police said a man stole a lighter and lighter fluid.

When officers arrived around nine o'clock, they found the suspect had tried to set a child's bicycle on fire.

Police later found the man at a home just a few blocks away on East Side Boulevard.

When police arrived, officials said the man threw an object that was on fire at the front door.

Officers then surrounded the house and that's when they noticed a woman was also inside.

"The suspect threw another lighted device into the face of the female inside the house as the officers were trying to make contact," Lynn Hamlin, Muskogee Police Public Information Officer, said. "At that moment an officer fired several rounds from his department issued handgun and at least two rounds struck the suspect."

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening wounds.

We're working to learn if the woman in the house was hurt.

The three officers on the scene have all been placed on paid routine administrative leave while the investigation is underway.

The names of the suspect and three officers involved will be released at a later time.

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