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Family member identifies man shot by Oklahoma City police

The man shot and killed by police Thursday was Brian Simms Jr., 24, of Olathe, Kan. The Oklahoma City police officer who shot him has been placed on administrative leave, police said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: July 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm •  Published: July 12, 2013

Family members of a 24-year-old Kansas man shot and killed outside a rap concert Thursday night are angry, shocked and grieving, the man's sister said.

An Oklahoma City police officer shot the man about 10:30 p.m. outside Farmers Public Market, 311 S Klein Ave., where 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef was scheduled to perform.

The victim was identified by his sister as Brian Simms Jr., of Olathe, Kan.

“We're angry at the police officers,” Mishellai Avery said, adding that she wanted police to release the names of the involved officers more quickly.

“It's still a shock to my mom. She's probably not going to know the truth until she sees his actual body.”

Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson confirmed Friday that Simms was the shooting victim and released the name of the officer involved.

Two off-duty police officers, working security for the concert, approached Simms in a car, Nelson said. The officers saw a gun in the man's waistband and gave him orders regarding the weapon. When he didn't comply, one of the officers shot him, Nelson said.

A concertgoer who was nearby at the time said he saw the flashes and heard eight shots.

The officer who shot Simms was Sgt. Paul Galyon, a 19-year police force member. Galyon was placed on paid administrative leave.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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