TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - The Tahlequah Police Department released new information and body camera video following an officer-involved shooting earlier this week.
Police said they responded to a home near First and State Street on Monday for a domestic disturbance with a gun.
When police arrived, they tried to get the suspect, Bobby Vaughn, to come out and drop his weapons. Body camera video shows officers pleading with Vaughn to come out. A shot can be heard from inside the house.
Officers retreated and took cover behind a patrol car as they continued to negotiate with the suspect.
Police said Vaughn came to the door with a gun. Three officers fired five shots when they said Vaughn pointed his gun at them.
Vaughn died from what appears to be a single gunshot wound.
Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said he’s proud of how his officers handled the situation, saying they displayed poise and patience. He said they did everything they could to end the interaction peacefully.
The three officers who fired the shots are on administrative leave. They will be able to return to work soon under light duty, doing administrative work in-house, pending an investigation.
District Attorney Jack Thorpe is investigating whether the shooting was justified.
Police records show a history of interactions between Vaughn and the police, including one arrest where officers also had to pull their guns. Officers said in that instance, Vaughn had a gun on him that he reached for while under the influence in a car.
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