MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A Midwest City police lieutenant who shot and killed an alleged burglar in July has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is back on duty.
Earlier this year, Lt. Lacky Harkins was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the death of Stephen Ray Brown.
On July 20, Brown was shot and killed while allegedly breaking into a home in Choctaw.
Harkins told investigators he found the front door open and heard someone walking around in the master bedroom.
When he walked into the room, he says Brown stepped out of the bathroom and was armed with a revolver.
Harkins says he shot Brown twice when he allegedly raised his weapon.
“It was distinct from the evidence at the scene and Lieutenant Harkins’ testimony that he had no option but to use deadly force in this situation. He did all the right things and possibly saved lives had someone else entered the home and surprised Brown,” Chief Brandon Clabes, with the Midwest City Police Department, said in a statement. “Society is becoming more violent, it was unmistakable in this case because you normally don’t see burglars armed with loaded handguns-were (sic) are fortunate and grateful Lieutenant Harkins was not injured or killed during this confrontation.”
The case was investigated by the district attorney, who cleared Harkins of any wrongdoing.