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OSBI investigating shooting of handcuffed suspect

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PRYOR, Okla. – Authorities with the OSBI are investigating a strange shooting involving an officer inside a motel early Tuesday morning.

The whole ordeal began when a Mayes County deputy, who was on duty, and an off-duty Saline police officer made a traffic stop around 2 a.m.

The traffic stop turned into a drug bust after a K9 officer alerted police to narcotics inside the vehicle.

Officials said 26-year-old Carl Don Thomas and 41-year-old Robert William Rowbotham were both arrested on complaints of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

While speaking with the officers, one of the suspects said they were headed to a room at the Days Inn when they were stopped.

Authorities headed to the room and the people inside refused to open the door.

At that time, the K9 officer alerted police that there were drugs inside the room.

The motel manager arrived and opened the door.

Once inside the room, police arrested a woman.

A man inside the room, Will Perneau, did not comply with officers.

He was forced to the ground and handcuffed.

However, shortly after he was handcuffed, shots were fired.

Perneau was hit and died at the scene.

OSBI agents are still interviewing officers and any witnesses to determine if the shooting was justified.