Suspect in 2 Arkansas deaths shot by police in Oklahoma

AP News
Posted: Jul 10, 2016 6:44 PM

BROKEN BOW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Sunday it has opened an investigation after police fatally shot a man suspected of killing his mother and another person in Arkansas.

The OSBI said the Broken Bow, Oklahoma, police department asked it to look into Saturday's shooting death of Andre Johnson, 40. Johnson was a suspect in a shooting that left two people dead in Horatio, Arkansas, earlier Saturday. The Sevier County, Arkansas, sheriff's office has not released the names of the victims, but spokesman Robert Gentry said one of them was Johnson's mother.

The officer-involved shooting occurred when a Broken Bow police officer spotted Johnson around 9 p.m. Saturday. Police officers attempted to stop him, and a pursuit began in which Johnson eventually drove down a dead end street, turned around, got out of his vehicle and began shooting at an officer's car, the OSBI said in a statement.

Witnesses said Johnson then ran to another police cruiser and shot at the windshield. Four officers, two from the Broken Bow Police Department, one from the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office and one from the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police Department, shot at Johnson, striking him multiple times, the statement said. Johnson was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the OSBI.

OSBI agents will prepare a report on the incident and present it to the district attorney's office, which will determine if the shooting was justified.

Broken Bow is in the southeastern corner of the state, about 30 miles from Horatio.