Oklahoma trooper cleared in fatal shooting of fugitive

TULSA, Okla. (AP) –  Oklahoma prosecutors have cleared a state trooper of wrongdoing after he fatally shot a wanted man who fled from him and another officer.

The shooting occurred on June 27 in Tulsa. William Aubrey Martin III was shot after trying to flee a pickup truck that was stuck on a metal privacy fence in a backyard.

The medical examiner’s autopsy report shows that the 50-year-old was shot twice in the head.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Brian Costanza opened fire from behind when the truck’s engine revved and its tires were spinning in reverse.

Kunzweiler told the Tulsa World on Wednesday that Martin showed a “great disregard” for human safety during the high-speed chase.

The Highway Patrol says it will begin its administrative internal review.

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