GUTHRIE, Okla. – The teenager who was shot by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper during a traffic stop last month has died.
According to the Guthrie News Page, 18-year-old Kenneth J. Brown died at a metro hospital after he was shot by eight-year veteran trooper Caleb Swickey.
Lt. John Vincent, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said Swickey felt his life was in danger and the use of force was a last resort.
Dashcam video shows Swickey performing a pat down on the teen when he notices what looks like a gun tucked away in Brown’s pants.
According to the Guthrie News Page, OHP says Brown had a 9 mm handgun.
Trooper Swickey fired his weapon and struck Brown, who was then rushed to OU Medical Center.
“When his life was in danger, or great bodily harm, Trooper Swickey did the right thing,” Lt. John Vincent, with OHP, said.
Lt. Vincent reassures the public that Trooper Swickey did exactly what he was trained to do to protect himself.
“It’s the whole fight or flight scenario,” he said. “This trooper chose to fight and made the right decision, [which] ended up saving his life.”
Brown remained in the hospital until his death.
The trooper wasn’t hurt, but he remains on routine paid leave while the investigation continues.
You can watch dashcam video from the incident below.