Choctaw police officer breaks up stabbing that left man wounded, woman dead

A 34-year-old woman died and a 47-year-old man was taken to a hospital after both were attacked with a knife in Oklahoma City. A man has been arrested in connection with the Sunday incident.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014
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Unarmed and off duty, Choctaw police officer George McKinnis found himself in the middle of a stabbing Sunday evening in northwest Oklahoma City.

McKinnis, a 15-year police veteran, was visiting his parents about 7 p.m. in the 100 block of NW 27.

“I was on the front porch with my mom giving her hugs and kisses when I heard the scream for help,” McKinnis said.

He saw a vehicle, driven by Elizabeth Nelson, 34, speed away from the scene.

That’s when McKinnis saw the attack.

“I was actually watching the suspect stabbing that person. The victim was on his back, kicking and punching and trying to defend himself as he was actively stabbing him,” McKinnis said.

“I started across the street, yelling and screaming at him to stop and drop the weapon,” he said.

McKinnis said he identified himself as a police officer and was pointing with his left hand while giving orders.

At the same time, he was reaching underneath his shirt with his right hand as if he were unholstering his weapon.

But McKinnis had left his gun and handcuffs behind that night.

“He finally stopped and started to walk towards me. He got to the curb and he was still holding the knife at his side,” McKinnis said. “When he got within about 10 feet of me, he was saying stuff to me, but I was telling him to drop the weapon or I was going to shoot him in the face.


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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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