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.”
The officer is on administrative leave, and the department's internal affairs unit will investigate whether any crime occurred, Nelson said. He said city attorneys told police they cannot release the officer's name.
Joey Senat, an open records expert and journalism professor at Oklahoma State University, said the city's decision not to release the officer's name violates the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
The open records law requires police to release initial offense report information, including a brief summary of what occurred.
“There is nothing in the open records act that exempts that name,” Senat said. “It should be included in the summary of what occurred. It's even more important because it was a police officer who fired off a weapon in a neighborhood. They are twisting the Open Records Act to create a loophole so they can hide which one of their officers fired a weapon in a neighborhood. The city council should expect the police department to be more forthright with its citizens.”