Police release name of man killed in officer-involved shooting

Police said Joeshawn Edward Williams, 21, of New Orleans died after being shot by Sgt. Jimmy Cortez multiple times.
by Matt Patterson Modified: January 4, 2014 at 10:12 am •  Published: January 4, 2014
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Police have released the name of a man who died during an officer involved shooting in Oklahoma City Friday afternoon.

Police said Joeshawn Edward Williams, 21, of New Orleans died after being shot by Sgt. Jimmy Cortez multiple times.

Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Cortez, along with Lt. Jimmy Northcutt were patrolling the area of Hefner and Western looking for criminal activity when they spotted Williams standing near a 7-Eleven store in the area.

Police said while the officers approached Williams he ran into traffic, crossing a four-lane intersection. During the pursuit Cortez approached Williams on foot while Northcutt returned to the 7-Eleven to pursue Williams in his patrol car.

Williams fired at Cortez as he approached him on foot and Cortez returned fire striking Williams several times. He died at the scene.

Nelson said Cortez has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and a review by the Oklahoma County District Attorney's office.

Cortez was treated and released at a local hospital after the incident.


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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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