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Prosecutors call fatal shooting in Edmond justified

Daniel Joliff said he ‘was forced to fire in self-defense' when he shot and killed his girlfriend's estranged husband; police said Michael Ford threatened Joliff with a knife
by Tim Willert Published: September 22, 2012
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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.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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