OKLAHOMA CITY - It was an emotional scene as a man lie dead in a parking lot off Western and Sheridan Avenue Wednesday.
"We're all humans, you know," said bystander Lisa Bighorse. "We're all God's people."
Oklahoma City police said the man died after one of their officers opened fire.
Detectives said a bike patrol officer first made contact with the man around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
"It actually happened in the street. At some point, the officer made contact with the individual, gave him orders to either come here or some type of instructions. The individual did not comply," said Capt. Paco Balderrama with OCPD.
Instead, he allegedly pulled out a knife.
"Made a threatening gesture at the officer. The officer then discharged his weapon, hitting the suspect. The individual then staggered across the street, and that's where he succumbed to his injuries," Balderrama said.
"You know, he could have just threw it. He could have hurt somebody. You know, it's part of their job to protect and serve," Bighorse said
Bighorse is sticking up for the officers actions but said her heartbreaks for those involved.
"God puts us all through tests everyday, trials and tribulations," she said.
Police are still working to identify the suspect.
They believe he may have been homeless.
The officer's name has not been released.
He is on paid administrative leave.