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.”