• Sand Springs Police release name of shooting victim and officer

    By: Jonathan McCall


    SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - At a news conference on Monday afternoon, the Sand Springs Police Department release the name of the officer and the shooting victim.

    • Victim: 66-year-old Donald W. Allen
    • Officer: 28-year-old Brian Barnett
    • Barnett hired by Sand Springs in 2014
    • Previously worked in Creek County
    • No disciplinary action at this time

    Two police officers in Sand Springs are on paid leave after a deadly shooting over the weekend.

    Police released video of how the scene unfolded and explained why officers had to use deadly force.

    Officials identified the officer who fired the fatal shot as 28-year-old Brian Barnett. He’s been with Sand Springs police since last year.

    Barnett fired four shots at 66-year-old Donald Allen on Saturday morning.  Police were called to a home on West Trinidad after residents reported Allen firing gunshots in his backyard.

    Officials said Barnett tried to diffuse the situation with Allen, who suffered from mental illness.

    They said that Allen came out of the house with his gun pointed at police and refused to drop it.

    OSBI is assisting in the investigation that was turned over to the Tulsa County DA’s office.


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    A Sand Springs man is now the third person killed this month at the hands of Green Country law enforcement.

    • The shooting happened before 9 a.m. in the 700 block of West Trinidad
    • Subject fired weapon in his back yard in a subdivision in South Sand Springs
    • He also failed to comply with officers' commands
    • The man rushed officers with gun pointed toward them
    • An officer fired three rounds to stop the suspect.

    FOX23 first reported the officer-involved shooting Saturday morning. It happened near West 129th Avenue and Trinidad.

    Police said they are very remorseful for the family and friends of the man but stressed he left officers no other choice.

    “I happened to get my binoculars to see what I could see and I did see police with their guns down,” said resident Ray Gagne.

    Gagne, who lives down the street from where the shooting happened, said it all ended pretty quickly.

    Police responded to a call of shots fired Saturday morning at a Sand Springs residence.

    “They made contact with an individual and he did have a gun and he refused to put it down,” said Police Chief Daniel Bradley.

    Bradley told FOX23 officers gave the man several chances to put down the gun but he continued to hold it in a firing position.

    “The subject confronted the officers again, they tried to calm him down and then he announced that he would kill them,” Bradley said.

    The man charged the officers and one opened fire to stop him.

    Police said they had been called to the man’s house before and confirmed he had mental health issues.

    The identities of the man who was shot and the officer who fired have not been released.


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