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NOWATA COUNTY, Okla. – Officials say an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper was involved in a fatal shooting in Nowata County on Monday.

According to KJRH, someone called 911 after seeing a man with a knife walking in the streets.

When State Trooper Jerrod Martin arrived, a foot pursuit began.

Capt. George Brown said, “Directly after the trooper contacted the suspect, a short foot pursuit ensued, which resulted in the shooting of the suspect and I can confirm that the suspect is deceased.”

Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials identified the deceased suspect as 35-year-old Joshua Stand of Delaware, Oklahoma.

Some are questioning if Martin used excessive force.

Delaware resident, Tracy Boone, said, “Ok so if he had a knife, you can’t tell me that someone with a gun couldn’t have done something to prevent injury without killing.”

Officials say State Trooper Jerrod Martin, 28, is a two year veteran of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Trooper Martin has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.