|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.