Oklahoma County prosecutors will not file charges against an Edmond man who said he shot and killed his girlfriend's estranged husband in self-defense.
Daniel Joliff told Edmond police he “was forced to fire in self-defense” when Michael Ford came at him with a knife on Sept. 9, according to a search warrant affidavit filed this week in Oklahoma County District Court.
“We have reviewed the investigation in this matter and have determined the shooting was justified under the law,” First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said. “Mr. Joliff was being assaulted by a man with a knife and thus had a reasonable fear for his life.”
The only other witness to the shooting was Ford's estranged wife, Christina, who began dating Joliff after her husband left in July and said “he no longer wanted to be married to her,” police reported.
She told police Ford entered a residence at 1505 Louise Scott Drive sometime after noon Sept. 9, “upset because he believed she had someone over in her bedroom,” according to the affidavit. The house is in the area of Danforth Road and Santa Fe Avenue in Edmond.
Ford retrieved a knife from his truck and said “he was going to cut Daniel,” police reported.
According to the affidavit, Ford entered the house, unsheathed the knife and started walking toward Joliff, raising the knife to Joliff's chest and neck area.
Joliff, who was armed with a handgun, warned Ford that “he needed to stop or he would fire,” police reported.
“Michael continued to advance on Daniel and Daniel fired one time in the chest of Michael,” Edmond police Det. Chris Cook wrote in the affidavit.
Joliff continued shooting when Ford kept advancing, the detective said.
Joliff told the detective “he felt his life was in jeopardy and that he felt his only course of action was to defend himself with his pistol.”
Christina Ford told police she received a text message from her estranged husband three weeks before the fatal shooting that said he “was going to hurt Daniel for being with her,” according to the affidavit.