UPDATE: Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the name of the man who was shot and killed by an OHP trooper Thursday morning.
Robert D’Lon Harris, 34, of Tulsa was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital Vinita following the shooting, according to an OHP news release.
The trooper, whose name has not yet been revealed, pulled over a four-door passenger vehicle for an alleged traffic violation on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Craig County shortly before 8:56 a.m., which is listed as the time of the shooting.
The trooper had the female driver exit the vehicle and speak with him near his patrol vehicle. He then went back to the vehicle and asked Harris, a passenger, to exit the vehicle, according to the news release.
“After exiting and a brief encounter, the passenger re-entered the passenger’s side door and was exiting again when the trooper discharged his firearm one time,” the news release states.
A loaded semi-automatic pistol and narcotics were located by officers investigating the scene, according to the news release.
The news release did not say whether Harris was in possession of the pistol when the shooting occurred.
OHP Troop Z’s Investigations Division is investigating the shooting. The trooper is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal shooting in which a trooper shot and killed a man during a traffic stop Thursday morning.
The trooper pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation at 8:56 a.m. on the eastbound side of the Will Rogers Turnpike at mile marker 285 in Craig County, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol news release.
“The trooper brought the female driver back to his patrol unit to speak with her. The trooper then went back to the vehicle and began speaking with the male passenger,” the news release states.
The trooper pulled out his firearm and shot the male passenger at some point during their interaction, according to the news release.
Officials are investigating the events that led up to the shooting. No further details have been released at this time.
The male passenger was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries, the news release states.
Authorities have not released the name of the trooper or the name of the man who was killed.
OHP Troop Z’s Investigations Division is investigating the shooting.
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