Zuniga is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
“Our investigation has revealed that Scott apparently set some clothes belonging to the homeowner on fire inside the garage and was inadvertently burned in the process. Shortly after that, he charged officer Zuniga with the weapons and was shot,” Clabes said.
“Based on what we know from our investigation and after reviewing the video, it was clear that officer Zuniga had no choice but to use deadly force to protect himself. Scott was armed and presented an immediate danger to the officer,” Clabes said.
Scott's criminal history includes an outstanding municipal warrant from Midwest City for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He was convicted on a felony charge of concealing stolen property in 2004 in Oklahoma County, the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network website shows.
Zuniga was a jailer at the Midwest City Police Department for three years before being hired as a full-time police officer in November 2011.