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District Attorney says two Edmond officer-involved shootings were justified

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EDMOND, Okla. – A district attorney says two officer-involved shootings in Edmond were justified.

Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater reviewed the criminal investigations into two officer-involved shootings with the Edmond Police Department.

On May 27, Sgt. Neil Martin shot a man who was reportedly suicidal.

Police say the man, 24-year-old Garrett Sandeno, became involved in an altercation with officers and he was shot. 

In a separate incident on June 7, police were called when 22-year-old Robert Desherow allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend and her baby.

When police arrived, Desherow came out of the house with a gun to his head. 

Police say Desherow was shot four times after he lowered the gun from his head and pointed it at an officer.

He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  No word on his current condition at this time.

“In both incidents, officers were faced with deadly force before and during their decisions to employ deadly force.  The officers gave warning commands to the suspects in an effort to deescalate the situation and to convince the suspects to drop their weapons.  Instead, both men decided to engage the officers by pointing their weapons directly at the officers.  The officers had every reason to believe their lives were in danger.  The officers responded with deadly force in self-defense.  After careful review of the facts and circumstances surrounding these shootings, I have determined that the officers’ use of deadly force were lawful and justified,” Prater said in a statement.

The Edmond Police Department is now in the internal investigation phase of both cases.

Officials say they will review policy and procedure and determine if any further action needs to be taken.


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