Deputy involved in shooting investigation will not be identified

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 1/02 5:11 pm Published: 1/02 5:10 pm

The Mayes County Sheriff's Office told FOX23 the name of a deputy who shot and killed a man on Wednesday will not be released.

OSBI is investigating the case, but the decision to release the name of those involved is up to the sheriff.

The victim was identified as Shane Bridges.

"It's a small community. Everybody knows everybody," said Tina Taylor, describing MayesCounty. I'm sure it was really stressful on him."

OSBI told FOX23 a Mayes County deputy responded to a 911 call about a suicidal man in Chelsea on New Year's Day.

State investigators said Bridges, 33, fired at the deputy as they responded to the scene, forcing the deputy to fire back.

The deputy wasn't hit. Bridges died.

In many cases, the name of people involved in incidents like this are released, so FOX23 asked OSBI about this case.

OSBI spokesperson Jessica Brown told FOX23 it's not their decision whether or not to identify parties involved.

"We leave it up to the local authorities that called us in on the investigation to release it or not release it. We never do," said Brown.

FOX23 went to the Mayes County Sheriff's Office to find out why the name was being withheld.

"I don't want him having to go to Walmart and strangers coming up and people coming or people pointing. During this time, he needs some time to heal," said Sheriff Mike Reed.

Reed said the deputy has roots in the community.

"It is just that simple. I'm just trying to protect my deputy there's not a law I have to do that," he said.

Reed told FOX23 he will release it after the DA releases their report and findings from OSBI.

"But for now, I'm just trying to protect my deputy and give him a buffer zone and time from this small community," said Reed.

The deputy is on paid administrative leave, which is their policy and procedure until the investigation is closed.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/3/2014 8:50 PM
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G777 #8^'] dirty sermon/ unwashed mass would be the first one to shoot back. Or the first one to shoot maybe even. What dirty sermon says is a peptide designed to dredge up comments. As a matter of fact often I think that its just a computer with a faulty program designed by fox to stir contention in the comments. It/he/she does not have a response when you ask what if they shot at YOU dirty sermon. Would you just lay down and die or would you defend yourself??? A real person would most likely shoot (back) if able. Unwashed makes it's real world up as it goes and that makes it a fraudulent effort. After I almost blew my head off with a shotgun in the 70's I vowed not to hold another weapon in my hand again. I don't have a problem coming after you with my dog. Dog died during the 80's. Now he's back to protect the innocent. He's a spirit dog. Really I'm not supposed to be here. But dog keeps me going.

Disgruntled - 1/3/2014 8:25 AM
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Unwashed, you are showing your lack of knowledge once again. I worked in government for 16 years and know all about public records. The name of a person being investigated does not have to be released. Only when they are CHARGED with a crime does their name become public record. And the homeowner shot first according to the article. Can you not read?

Gregg777 - 1/3/2014 4:38 AM
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you sure cant, unless the deputy is being shot at himself, read the article dumb a**, or are you another ex convict that hates law enforcement. what a dip s**t

Unwashed Mass - 1/2/2014 7:53 PM
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If it's really that small a community, everyone at Walmart already knows who the killer is. For the rest of us, the law says it's public record and it's not their choice to keep it secret.

Unwashed Mass - 1/2/2014 7:50 PM
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When you take a human life, you should be held accountable. You cant just empty your gun at a homeowner on his front porch and then hide behind a badge, you have to prove that it was not murder. If you cant, go to prison. Cover-ups like this call for grand jury investigations.
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