Police Release Name of Officer After Shooting that Left One Dead
Posted by: David Peterlinz, Photojournalist - email
Police outside the Coppermill Apartments following an officer involved shooting, late Saturday Night.
Tulsa Police Detectives search the balcony where the suspect was shot and killed.
Tulsa, Oklahoma -
Police have released the name of the officer Monday morning involved in a shooting at a Tulsa apartment complex that left one man dead.
Tulsa Police said that Officer Daniel Madewell is currently on administrative leave after police were called to the Coppermill Apartments near 71st and Yale around Saturday evening on reports of a suicidal subject.
Officer Leland Ashley stated that a Hispanic male, possibly in his 30s, reportedly chased his roommate out of one of the units with a knife.
Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect to no avail and said the suspect came out on the apartment's balcony several times and was also starting small fires inside the apartment.
Shortly before 11 p.m., the suspect once again came out onto the apartment's balcony, this time with what appeared to officers to be some sort of "long rifle."
According to a statement released by police, "the rifle appeared to be authentic and had a scope attached."
The suspect pointed the weapon at one of the officers, now identified as Officer Madewell.
Fearing for his life, Madewell fired "multiple shots" at the suspect, hitting him at least once. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
A further investigation of the weapon in question revealed that it was not a long rifle, but a B. B. Gun.
According to Ashley, "...we never go into a situation wanting to take anyone's life but ultimately, we have to think of our own lives and the lives of citizens."
Ashley stated again that Madewell "feared for his life" at the time of the incident.
Tulsa Police are treating the scene like they would any other homicide investigation, Ashley said.
Madewell will be questioned by detectives and is expected to stay on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
An investigation is ongoing and the name of the individual killed has not been released.
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