MIDWEST CITY — Police Chief Brandon Clabes has released the names of a man shot and killed Monday and the officer who shot him.
Bryan Don Scott, 42, was killed by police officer Jeremy Zuniga, 32, about 6:50 a.m. Monday at 609 Lions Park Place.
Police responded to a report of an explosion and found Scott outside of a detached garage suffering from burns to the upper part of his body. He was shirtless and armed with a machete and camouflaged rifle equipped with a laser sight, police reported.
The rifle actually was a pellet gun, but appeared to be a high-powered rifle, Clabes said.
The shooting was recorded by the video camera mounted on Zuniga's patrol car. Police are not releasing the video.
Scott was given permission Friday to stay temporarily in the detached garage by the homeowner. He was told to vacate the premise Sunday night, Clabes said.
A woman who lives at the house said Scott was “acting crazy” Monday and was hitting the garage with a machete.
Officer Zuniga confronted Scott on the east side of the home and ordered Scott to drop his weapons several times, Clabes said. Scott refused his commands.
At that point, Scott charged toward Zuniga, pointing the rifle at him and flailing the machete. Zuniga fired three times, striking Scott twice. Scott was dead at the scene, Clabes said.
Zuniga is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
“Our investigation has revealed that Scott apparently set some clothes belonging to the homeowner on fire inside the garage and was inadvertently burned in the process. Shortly after that, he charged officer Zuniga with the weapons and was shot,” Clabes said.
“Based on what we know from our investigation and after reviewing the video, it was clear that officer Zuniga had no choice but to use deadly force to protect himself. Scott was armed and presented an immediate danger to the officer,” Clabes said.
Scott's criminal history includes an outstanding municipal warrant from Midwest City for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He was convicted on a felony charge of concealing stolen property in 2004 in Oklahoma County, the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network website shows.
Zuniga was a jailer at the Midwest City Police Department for three years before being hired as a full-time police officer in November 2011.