Update: More info on officer-involved shooting in Stillwater

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Updated 1/30/15 at 7:01 p.m.

The Stillwater Fire Department responded to an apartment fire just before 9 a.m. Thursday at the 100 block of W. Scott St.

According to reports, firefighters forced entry into the downstairs apartment to evacuate any occupants. Upon entry, they discovered the body of 64-year-old William C. Marg; the source of the fire upstairs seemed suspicious.

Investigators identified the residents of the upstairs apartment as 42-year-old Ralph Willis III and his wife Rachel Willis, 37. The couple was not at the apartment and were identified as persons of interest in Marg’s homicide.

Upon the realization that they both had warrants for their arrest, officers began searching for the couple.

Shortly after noon, officers spotted the Willis’ entering a local Wal-Mart on Perkins Road.

Approximately 20 minutes later, officers made contact with the two as they exited the store. When the couple saw the officers, the two ran south, and thus began a foot pursuit.

Officers quickly caught up with Rachel and arrested her on the outstanding warrants.

Officers continued to chase Ralph Willis to the backyard of a residence located in the 600 block of East Maple Street. There, it is reported Willis turned toward the officer and made a threatening gesture at the officer. That officer fired his weapon striking Willis one time in the chest. Willis died at the scene.

The Stillwater Police Department is investigating Marg’s homicide.

Updated 1/29/15 at 8:50 p.m.

43-year-old Ralph W. Willis was identified by police as a person of interest in an apartment fire where he lived. Fire crews said when they arrived, they began evacuating other apartments and found a deceased person in the apartment directly below Willis'.

Officers spotted Willis in the Walmart parking lot on Perkins. Officers say Willis began running when they approached him, so a foot chase pursued. Approximately two blocks from Walmart, Willis is said to have made an aggressive move toward an officer. That officer fired his weapon, killing Willis.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) agents and criminalists spent several hours at the scene collecting evidence and information. When agents complete the investigation, an extensive report will be delivered to the district attorney.

The district attorney will determine if the shooting was justified. The Stillwater Police Department is investigating the death of the individual found by fire fighters. OSBI crime scene investigators are assisting.

STILLWATER, Okla. - Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Stillwater.

Initial reports indicate no officers were injured in the shooting.

According to Oklahoma State University, Stillwater police were called to a fire near Husband St. and Hall of Fame Ave., where a body was discovered.

"Through the course of the investigation, two persons of interest were encountered near Highway 1-77 and East Maple. During that encounter, one person was shot and killed by police the other person of interest was taken into custody," a statement from the university read.

Bob Moore Chopper 4 pilot Jon Welsh says a body appears to be in a backyard of a home.

Police on the scene have taped off the area.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the shooting.

OSU says no one involved is believed to be affiliated with the university.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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