Posted in Criminal Law on March 31, 2018
The Tulsa World is reporting that Stillwater officers shot and killed a man who called in a welfare check on himself. Article here.
According to the World, 31 year old William Dominguez called police to conduct a welfare check on himself. He also reported possession of a gun and knife.
When officers arrived, they shot Dominguez multiple times when he failed to comply with officer commands.
The shooting presents a classic scenario where a distressed person summons police for the purpose of causing a confrontation.
These suicide by cop situations are well understood, and adequately trained officers will know how to respond appropriately while maintaining the safety of themselves and others.
Unfortunately, no amount of training can guarantee a peaceful resolution in these cases, but it is nevertheless incumbent upon the agency to ensure its officers have the tools and training necessary to respond.
If you have questions about use of force or suicide by cop scenarios, call Bryan and Terrill in Tulsa for a free consultation at 918-935-2777.