NORMAN, Okla. – A Norman police officer will be back on duty soon, after a shooting she was involved in.
Officer Heather Glazier has been on paid leave since she was forced to shoot a man wielding a hammer.
Investigators turned over reports and evidence to District Attorney Greg Mashburn last week.
Mashburn says the use of deadly force was justified.
Norman police say Officer Glazier feared for her life just before firing at a man wielding a hammer.
The shooting happened December 14th.
The man she shot was 24-year-old Martin Sanchez-Juarez.
His family called 911 saying he was out of control and breaking things.
Investigators say he’d just been released from the hospital that morning.
His family told police he suffered from mental problems.
Officer Glazier responded to the 2400 block of Briggs Street.
She told Sanchez-Juarez to drop his weapon.
“He continued to approach, he did not drop the hammer, took a swing with the hammer and knocked off the passenger side rearview mirror,” Capt. Tom Easley said.
That’s when Officer Glazier took cover behind her patrol car and fired three shots.
One hit Sanchez-Juarez in the head.
He died at the hospital a few days before Christmas.
Investigators say Officer Glazier did the right thing, that she was alone and couldn’t use a taser without endangering her own life.
The shooting happened after riots in Ferguson and nationwide outrage over police who use deadly force in the line of duty.
That’s why Norman police assured this investigation to be thorough and transparent.
It was Norman PD’s first deadly officer involved shooting this year.
Officer Glazier will report back to duty pending the internal investigation and a routine psych evaluation.
She’s been with the department since 2008.