Oklahoma man dies after being shot by Clinton police officer

A man described by relatives as delusional died after being shot outside the Clinton police station Wednesday. The man had a wrench in his hand and threatened an officer, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reports.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm •  Published: June 28, 2012
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— A Thomas man died Wednesday after being shot by a Clinton police officer outside the police station, authorities said.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting at the request of Clinton police. Benjamin Whiteshield, 34, was shot outside the police station early Wednesday, just after midnight.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said family members drove Whiteshield to the police station after attempting to take him to the hospital because he was acting delusional.

Whiteshield got out of the vehicle at the police station holding a large crescent wrench, Brown said. Police searched the area and an officer found him on the north side of the police station holding the wrench. The officer fired his weapon one time, striking Whiteshield in the mouth.

Whiteshield then ran inside the lobby of the police station, Brown said. Officers tried several times to subdue him so paramedics could treat him and put him in an ambulance.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital in Clinton.

The officer who shot Whiteshield is on routine paid administrative leave while the OSBI investigates the shooting. His name was not released. The district attorney will determine if the shooting was justified.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy, which will include toxicology tests.

Whiteshield was arrested in 1996 on a complaint of concealing stolen property, but the charge was dismissed. He also has numerous arrests on alcohol offenses and a 1998 arrest on a complaint of assault and battery on a police officer.


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