DA Rules Shooting Justified
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office has ruled Officer Troy Still's actions during a February 26th shooting to be justified.
On that date, Officer Still and Officer Chris Elliott responded to a domestic disturbance at 1040 North Florence Place. After interviewing a female victim, officers determined a crime had been committed, and attempted to handcuff the suspect, Nathaniel Rowe. Rowe refused to cooperate and a violent struggle ensued.
During the struggle, Rowe was able to put his hands on Officer Elliott's pistol and attempted to remove it from the holster. During this time, both officers are ordering Rowe to stop, but he does not, and pulls the holster out of Officer Elliott's grasp. Fearing Rowe will then pull the weapon from its holster, Officer Elliott tells Officer Still to shoot Rowe.
Officer Still sees Rowe trying to pull the weapon out of its holster and shoots Rowe twice. Both officers believed that if Rowe got possession of the weapon, he would attempt to shoot everyone there.