• Family of woman killed in Bartlesville police shooting holds news conference

    By: Ashli Lincoln

    Updated:

    The family of Geraldine Townsend held a news conference in Oklahoma City Thursday morning.

    They are asking for more information regarding the officer-involved shooting of 72-year-old Geraldine Townsend.

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    They feel Bartlesville police had been harassing a member of their family leading up to the shooting.

    FOX23 previously reported that the BPD executed a search warrant based off information against Townsend’s son, Mike Livingston.

    Townsend’s family says Livingston recently divorced his wife who was the daughter of a BPD police officer.

    The family says he’d been getting harassed by police for weeks leading up to the shooting.

    They say his father gave his mother a BB gun for her protection.

    They say their home had been broken into several times in the past.

    The family states that Townsend was suffering from dementia, and they believe their grandmother only fired her BB gun to protect herself.

    They say had she known it was police, she wouldn’t have fired her weapon.

    They told FOX23 that they are asking for more information regarding the investigation.

    They feel the shooting was racially and personally motivated.

    The OSBI has now taken over the investigation.

    A spokesperson told FOX23 that they have completed their investigation and handed their case over to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office to consider charges.


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