Officer shoots man threatening to commit suicide by lighting himself on fire in S.W. Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are investigating after an officer shot a man who was threatening to commit suicide by lighting himself on fire in southwest Oklahoma City.
Three officers responded to a call around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday near S.W. 22nd and Pennsylvania on reports of a suicide attempt.
When officers arrived, they found a male in the courtyard area attempting to cover himself in some type of flammable liquid.
When officers approached the suspect, officials say he tried to ignite himself with a lighter.
One officer fired a bean bag gun. It is unclear if the bean bag hit the suspect.
A second officer fired his gun, striking the suspect.
Police say that more than one shot was fired, but it is unknown right now how many were fired.
It is unclear if the gunfire is what killed the suspect.
The officer who fired their gun is being placed on routine administrative leave pending the investigation.
This is a developing situation. Check back with News 4 and kfor.com for updates.