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Tahlequah officers justified in fatal shooting of man, District Attorney says

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. –  A Cherokee County prosecutor says three Tahlequah police officers involved in the shooting death of a hammer-wielding man in August were justified in using deadly force.

First assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp says in a letter obtained by the Tahlequah Daily Press on Wednesday that by Lt. Brandon Vick and Officers Josh Girdner and Chase Reed acted “in accordance” with state law when they shot 49-year-old Dominic Rollice.

In August, the three Tahlequah officers responded to a residence after receiving a call reporting a disturbance.

When officers arrived at the scene they found Dominic Rollice, who they said was refusing to leave the area.

When approached by officers the 49-year-old picked up a hammer, body cam video shows.

Rollice was told by police several times to put down the hammer, but he refused.

Police said the man moved his arm backward with the hammer in his hand and they opened fire.

Rollice was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Tahlequah police requested OSBI special agents come in to investigate the fatality shooting.

Police later released body cam video from the fatal shooting.

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