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Oklahoma fires trooper involved in fatal shooting

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: August 21, 2014
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TULSA — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has fired a trooper who fatally shot a man while he was off-duty in Tulsa.

Capt. George Brown says 46-year-old trooper Sheldon Robinson was fired Wednesday. Brown says Robinson’s employment was terminated for “policy violations” that stemmed from the September shooting death of 25-year-old Michael Troy Swatosh. Brown hasn’t said which policies were violated.

Authorities say Robinson spotted two armed men outside a motel about 1 a.m. They say Robinson shot Swatosh after feeling threatened.

The 16-year-veteran of the patrol had been suspended with pay following the shooting. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office announced in January it would not file charges against Robinson.

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