OSBI investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in eastern Oklahoma

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OKFUSKEE COUNTY, Okla. – OSBI is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in eastern Oklahoma.

The shooting was reported over the weekend in Okfuskee County.

Officials said a sheriff deputy fatally shot 36-year-old James Carl Coale when he attempted to run over the deputy after a traffic stop.

They said deputies had been searching for a specific vehicle in relation to a stabbing.

They located that vehicle and made a traffic stop.

The deputy was outside his vehicle when Coale reportedly tried to drive over the deputy.

The deputy fired several shots at the vehicle, striking Coale.

Coale died at the scene.

The sheriff’s office requested OSBI special agents investigate the shooting.

Multiple agents spent the night conducting interviews with witnesses and collecting evidence.

OSBI will present the evidence to the district attorney who will determine whether the shooting was justified.

OSBI will not release the deputy’s name unless he is arrested or charged.

Coale was from Okemah.