TULSA, Okla. — Body camera video showing the shooting of two Tulsa police officers has been released on September 14, 2020.
FOX23 has gone through the video in its entirety. We have made the decision not to show the video in its entirety, but to only show the moments leading up to the shooting and a moment directly after the shooting. This was a very careful and difficult decision.
This decision was made to show the reality of the events that took place while also showing respect for those involved. We’re letting you know this because we want to be transparent and make sure you know we will not air or publish a video that is graphic or offensive.
We have included three different video clips from the event. All have been edited for profanity and stop short just before the shooting takes place. Viewer discretion is advised.
The first video is from Officer Zarkeshan’s body camera:
The second video is from Sgt. Johnson’s body camera:
The third is dash camera video from Officer Zarkeshan’s patrol vehicle:
Tulsa County District Judge William Musseman said Thursday that the video can be released when the order expires.
Sgt. Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan responded to a traffic stop on June 29 when prosecutors say David Anthony Ware shot at both. Johnson died because of his injuries and Zarkeshan continues in his recovery.
Ware is charged with several crimes, including first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.
Police initially said Johnson was shot several times while Ware was standing over him, but later amended the chain of events, according to the defense.
Ware’s defense attorney Kevin Adams argued in court the modification of the narrative which wasn’t as widely reported in the media was part of the reason why the body camera video of the shooting should be released to the public.
Adams also argued Ware did not walk away from the scene as described in a police press conference after the shooting.
The prosecution argues Adams is attempting to try the case in front of the public instead of in court.
The state said the more evidence put out, the less chance Ware will have of a fair trial.
Matthew Hall, who police say helped Ware leave the scene, is charged with accessory to murder.
Hall’s defense attorney does not want the video released.
Both Ware and Hall have plead not guilty in the case.