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Man dies in officer-involved shooting in Mayes County

Authorities say Dustin Shirrel, 30, of Tahlequah, was shot and killed in Pryor, in northeast Oklahoma after officers from three agencies pursued him on foot into a wooded area.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: September 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm •  Published: September 13, 2012

A Tahlequah man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning in Pryor, about 150 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

A Grand River Dam Authority officer spotted a car that was reported to be stolen about 9:30 a.m. and began a pursuit, according to a statement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The car stopped near Pryor, and Dustin Shirrel, 30, of Tahlequah, jumped out with a handgun and ran into a wooded area, according to the statement.

Officers from the authority, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and Mayes County deputies followed Shirrel for almost a mile, fired at and killed him, OSBI said. Authorities arrested the driver, Claudia Taylor, 32, on a complaint of possession of a stolen vehicle.

The Mayes County district attorney has asked that OSBI investigate the shooting. When the investigation is complete, the district attorney will determine whether the shooting was justified. has disabled the comments for this article.