Oklahoma labor commissioner killed in restaurant stabbing: local media

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Posted: Aug 23, 2015 11:01 PM

By Heide Brandes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Commissioner of Labor for Oklahoma, Mark Costello, was killed in a stabbing at a fast food restaurant in Oklahoma City on Sunday, local broadcasters reported, citing unnamed sources.

Police declined to confirm that Costello was the victim but said one family member stabbed another family member at least four times with a knife after the pair agreed to meet at the restaurant following a fight earlier in the day.

"So sorry to hear the tragic news about Mark Costello," Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said in a Tweet.

Local broadcaster News 9, citing unnamed sources, reported that Costello was stabbed to death Sunday evening at a northwest Oklahoma City fast food restaurant.

Other customers tried to stop the stabbing and police later arrested a man suspected in the attack, police said.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he died, police said.

Costello was first elected state labor commissioner in November 2010, according to a state website.

(Reporting by Heide Brandes in Oklahoma City; Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Michael Perry)