Graphic: Police shooting caught on camera outside Muskogee church

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MUSKOGEE, Okla.-- Dramatic video is released of a deadly police shooting. The gunfire erupted outside a church in Muskogee over the weekend. Muskogee police released footage on the incident recorded from the officer's body camera. (KFOR edited the original video but the content is still graphic) The entire incident took less than a minute, from the moment the police officer stepped out of his car to the first shot being fired, only 55 seconds pass.

Muskogee police left no doubt they're defending their officers actions. One local legal expert says there's an argument to be made for and against the officers actions.

Walking up to the suspect Terrance Walker, a Muskogee police officer begins to search the suspect for weapons. In just a few seconds, the situation escalates to violence as the suspect attempts to strike the officer with an elbow and takes off running.

"From everything we can see in the video, the officer responded appropriately," said Muskogee police Sgt. Mike Mahan.

The video slowed down shows the suspect drop something on the pavement. It's hard to see exactly what. Police claim it was the suspect's handgun. As the suspect turned to run, the officer fired 5 shots...

Attorney Jason Lowe watched the video with an independent legal eye. Jason says some may question the officers use of force.

"There's no justification for a police officer to shoot a fleeing suspect unless he feels his life is in danger," said Lowe.

In a letter released to the media, Muskogee police claim the suspect showed up at the wedding carrying a gun and made threats to kill a member of the wedding party.

After the shooting, additional officers can be seen arriving on scene and did find a loaded gun with it's hammer cocked laying next to the suspect's body.

Jason says that lends some credibility to the officers actions.

"It all happened in just a few seconds. and it's life or death and the officer wants to go home to his family as well," said Lowe.

"This officer had a split second to make that decision. We believe he acted according to his training," said Mahan.

The officer has been placed on leave while the case is investigated by the OSBI.

It has not been reviewed by the Muskogee County District Attorney.

We are posting the extended version of the video but have blurred portions because the content is graphic. That extended version is below.

 

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