NORMAN, Okla. — An Oklahoma state trooper will not face any criminal charges following a controversial shooting.
Last month the trooper shot a teenager following an alleged road rage incident along I-35.
The Cleveland County district attorney believes the trooper’s use of force was justified.
Prosecutors say 16-year-old Miguel Spencer and two friends threatened a female driver.
That driver called 911.
When trooper Joe Kimmons arrived, he tried to place Spencer in handcuffs.
That’s when Spencer began wrestling with a game warden who showed up on scene to assist.
During the struggle, prosecutors say Spencer tried to grab the game warden’s gun.
“The trooper pulled off, drew his weapon and made commands to get on the ground. The subject said quote, ‘Shoot me’”.
Kimmons did shoot Spencer once in the chest, but the DA says the teen’s actions are to blame for the shooting.
“The subject made the decision to escalate this. Once the game officer got involved, he struggled with him, despite commands to get on the ground, and he escalated this further when he went for the game warden’s gun.”
“They want to condone what the officer did, then let them, but they’re wrong,” said Tori Spencer.
Miguel’s mother still believes the trooper could have controlled her son without drawing his gun.
“He failed to do his job and not follow his training,” said Spencer. “It never had to happen. It never should have come to this.”
The teen is recovering from his wounds.
The D-A says Spencer and his two friends could face some criminal charges, but the trooper is in the clear.