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2 officers cleared in Mayes County fatal shooting of handcuffed man

SALINA — Authorities say two law enforcement officers in Mayes County have been cleared to return to work after the fatal shooting of a handcuffed man.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 27, 2013
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SALINA — Authorities say two law enforcement officers in Mayes County have been cleared to return to work after the fatal shooting of a handcuffed man.

Salina Police Chief Vince Stoyanoski says a preliminary report has cleared the two officers in the Jan. 29 shooting death of 29-year-old William Joseph Perneau.

Authorities say officers were trying to interview Perneau in a motel room as part of a drug investigation. Authorities say that Perneau managed to pull a gun from his waistband while handcuffed and fired at the officers. The officers weren't hit.

An officer from the Salina Police Department returned fire, killing Perneau.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown tells a local newspaper that the officers' names won't be released unless they are arrested or charged.

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