OKLAHOMA CITY — The investigation continues into the use of deadly force by an Oklahoma City police officer over the weekend.
Saturday night, the officer shot and killed 28-year-old Bobby Truelove at the Willow Cliff Apartments near N.W. 50th St. and Ann Arbor.
Truelove’s family doesn’t believe the police shooting was warranted, especially because Truelove didn’t have a weapon on him at the time.
“The cop panicked and killed my cousin for no reason,” Mark Houston said.
On the other hand, police said Truelove had been out of control, assaulting one person, carjacking another and becoming combative with the first officer on scene.
Police admit the officer, identified as Sinue Zepeda, likely saw the large crowd gathered around the incident as a threat.
“There were several people who were surrounding the officer. The officer didn’t know if they were there to help or to help Mr. Truelove,” OKC Police Captain Dexter Nelson said.
While investigators won’t say whether Zepeda acted appropriately, they said he did initially try to use his taser to bring Truelove under control.
“Because they were struggling so close together, the taser had little effect because the probes didn’t spread that far apart,” Nelson said.
Capt. Nelson said after a second taser shot failed to subdue Truelove, Zepeda pulled out his gun and opened fire.
“At some point in time, the officer used deadly force to end the assault and protect himself,” Nelson said. “Until we are able to talk to the officer, we will not have the full picture of what happened.”
The department can’t actually talk to Zepeda for 48 hours after the incident.
The officer did have to be taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
He remains on paid leave while the case is investigated.