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DA clears Muskogee officer in shooting that hurt 1

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 28, 2014

MUSKOGEE — Prosecutors have cleared a Muskogee police officer in a shooting earlier this month that wounded a man.

Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore says Officer Joseph Poffel acted appropriately in the Jan. 2 incident that wounded Thomas Estes. Authorities say Poffel shot Estes once in the abdomen after Estes allegedly reached for another officer's gun during a traffic stop.

In a news release, Moore commended Poffel for the “restraint used in not repeatedly shooting Estes under the circumstances.”

According to a local newspaper, Estes is charged with possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a police officer. He's due in court Jan. 31 for a preliminary hearing. has disabled the comments for this article.