An incident report written by an officer who was at least the third police officer to arrive at the scene of a beating death was released Monday by Oklahoma City police.
The officer was sent Nov. 2 to the home of Julie Mitchell, 34, of 640 NW 150, who the medical examiner said died from multiple blunt force trauma to the head. The officer did not go inside the house and did not conduct any interviews.
Reports from officers who went in the house and investigated were labeled as "supplemental" and not released.
No arrests have been made in connection with Mitchell's death. She was married to Teddy Mitchell, 56, and was the stepmother of his three grown sons and the mother of a 13-month-old girl.
Julie Mitchell was found in a closet along with her uninjured daughter, who was covered in blood, Oklahoma City television station KOCO is reporting. The station obtained a fire department report about the homicide case, which fire officials said this morning was released in error and will not be given to any other media outlets.
The fire department report obtained by KOCO states that Oklahoma City fire investigators were first on the scene. The report states that paramedics carried Julie Mitchell's 13-month-old child out of the house covered in blood.
"That report should have never been released," Fire Deputy Chief Cecil Clay told The Oklahoman this morning. He said it should not have been made public because it is part of the police investigation.
One of the stepsons, whose name was not released, called 911 about 10:20 p.m. after finding the body. The police officer wrote in the report released Monday that the 911 caller said "Mom shot herself."
Investigators later determined the death was not a suicide.
The police incident report states that firefighters already were inside the home when the officer arrived. The officer wrote that he ran crime scene tape around the perimeter of the property and prevented a student with the Emergency Medical Services Authority from entering the home. He also conducted a sweep of the back of the house and secured the north side of the property.View/sign the guest book