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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The attorney for an Oklahoma man on trial for shooting two Tulsa police officers, killing one of them, said his client feared for his life after a traffic stop.
Attorney Kevin Adams said Monday during opening statements that 34-year-old David Anthony Ware shot at the officers after being beaten, kicked, pepper sprayed and shot with a stun gun.
Ware is facing a possible death sentence for the killing of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson.
He’s also charged with wounding a second officer, Aurash Zarkeshan, following a traffic stop on June 29, 2020.
Prosecutors say Ware escalated the situation by refusing to follow officers’ commands.