Oklahoma City Police officer cleared in deadly shooting investigation

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City Police officer has been cleared in a deadly shooting investigation.

K9 Kye and Sgt. Stark

K9 Kye and Sgt. Stark

On Aug. 24, Sgt. Ryan Stark and Stark’s K-9 police dog, Kye, were involved in a high-speed chase.

Authorities say 22-year-old Mark Salazar led officers on a chase through Moore, Norman and ended along I-35 in Goldsby.

After crashing his car, officers say Salazar tried to run away but was caught by Kye.

At that point, police say Salazar repeatedly stabbed Kye before Sgt. Stark arrived.

That’s when Stark opened fire and killed Salazar.

Friday, District Attorney Greg Mashburn cleared Stark in the deadly shooting investigation.

“It is my finding that this use of force by Sgt. Ryan Stark was justified and appropriate under the law and thus no action by the District Attorney’s Office is warranted,” Mashburn stated.