3 Officers Cleared in Shooting of Tahlequah Man

Oct 21, 2012

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have found no wrongdoing among three law enforcement officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Tahlequah man who had a gun.

Prosecutors said Friday that the officers were justified in that 30-year-old Dustin Shirrel repeatedly disregarded the officers' commands during the September incident.

The Tulsa World reports Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Cummings, Mayes County Sheriff's Lieutenant Alan Davis and Grand River Dam Authority Patrolman Tyler Brown were involved in the shooting.

An autopsy revealed that the officers shot Shirrel in the legs and torso, but Shirrel also had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Officials say the shots were fired simultaneously.

The officers returned to active duty on October 1st.