GUTHRIE, Okla. - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified the trooper and suspect who were involved in a shooting Sunday night in Guthrie.
18-year-old Kenneth J. Brown is listed in critical condition at a metro hospital after he was shot by eight-year veteran trooper Caleb Swickey.
Lt. John Vincent, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said Swickey felt his life was in danger and the use of force was a last resort.
Lt. Vincent said after Brown was pulled over, there was some sort of "fight" between the two men and Brown had possession of a weapon.
OHP is not saying what type of weapon Brown had, or whether he charged at the trooper.
Trooper Swickey fired his weapon and struck Brown, who was then rushed to OU Medical Center.
In the wake of nationwide protests concerning the use of force by law enforcement, OHP knows it's under increased scrutiny.
Lt. Vincent reassures the public that trooper Swickey did exactly what he was trained to do to protect himself.
"It's the whole fight or flight scenario," he said. "This trooper chose to fight and made the right decision, [which] ended up saving his life."
Vincent said dash cam video of the incident was not available on Monday evening.
Swickey is on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation.