(Cushing, Okla.) — The fatal shooting of 20-year-old Shawn Allen Hall of Ripley early Sunday morning by a Cushing police officer, whose name has not been released, is being investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), a news release said today.
“At the conclusion of the investigation, OSBI agents will present the district attorney with the facts of the case,” who will then determine whether the shooting was justified, an OSBI news release said.
Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas was out of town at a medical appointment this morning and told KUSH in an email, “I have not received any report on the shooting yet.”
In a news release Sunday morning, the Cushing Police Department said that “the officer involved has been placed on paid routine leave pending the outcome of the investigation by OSBI.”
The fatal shooting occurred after Cushing police responded at 3:08 a.m. Sunday to a residence in the 500 block of S. Little “in regards to an unwanted person at the property,” the news release said.
“Upon arrival, contact was made with the unwanted male by officers.
“During the course of the contact, the suspect produced a handgun and pointed the handgun at two bystanders at the scene,” the Cushing police news release said.
“Officers gave multiple commands for the suspect to drop his weapon.
“The suspect continued to threaten individuals nearby with the handgun – disregarding commands given.
“A Cushing police officer fired one shot at the suspect,” the news release said.
“Paramedics from the Cushing Fire Department responded and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene,” the news release said.