Oklahoma City police officer is accused of firing gun in own house

An Oklahoma City police officer is on administrative leave after police were called to his home on a report from his wife that he was acting strangely. The officer fired at least one gunshot into his floor when his fellow officers responded.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: September 29, 2012 at 1:08 am •  Published: September 29, 2012
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An Oklahoma City police officer was taken to a hospital on a mental health check after he fired a gun inside his home when fellow officers responded to a report he was acting strangely.

City officials have refused to release the officer's name.

Capt. Dexter Nelson said the officer's wife called police about 3:50 p.m. Thursday to report he was talking and acting strangely at their home in the 12700 block of S Robinson.

Police responded, including officers from the department's tactical team, who remained on standby during the incident.

At some point, the officer fired at least one gunshot into the floor of his home.

He was taken to a hospital on a mental health intervention, Nelson said.

The officer wasn't arrested because police don't know if a crime occurred, Nelson said.

“He can shoot up his house all that he wants to,” Nelson said. “If he has a firearm in his house and shoots up his house and isn't endangering anyone else, that's not necessarily a crime. We have people shoot guns inside their homes all the time, and they aren't arrested.”

Under state law, it is a felony “for any person to willfully or intentionally discharge any firearm or other deadly weapon at or into any dwelling, or at or into any building used for public or business purposes.”


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