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Woman identified, expected to recover after standoff with Tulsa police

Posted at 8:32 PM, Jul 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-08 19:15:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — A woman is in critical condition after being shot by Tulsa police Tuesday evening.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a disturbance at 28th and Cincinnati in midtown Tulsa.

Police said when officers arrived, Michele Burke was on the porch of the condemned home and appeared to be distraught and yelling. TPD says Burke was not cooperating with officers when they asked her to calm down.

Burke went inside the home and returned with a sword, according to TPD. Officers told her to put down the weapon but say she didn't cooperate. She went back inside and came out with a gun. Police say that’s when officers fired at her, believing she was putting others in danger.

They hit her once in her elbow and once in her chest. Paramedics took her to the hospital and police say she's expected to recover.

Investigators say Burke had been coming back to the home where she used to live despite the city condemning the property.

The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office will determine if the shooting was justified.

We'll continue to update this story as we learn more.

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