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Officers placed on leave after fatal shooting Monday night in Oklahoma City

Roc LaRue, 43, died Monday night after a car chase that ended at NW 61 and N Shawnee Avenue, police reported.
by Robert Medley and Jonathan Sutton Modified: June 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm •  Published: June 10, 2014

Three officers who fatally shot a man Monday night have been placed on leave while homicide detectives investigate the shooting.

Roc LaRue, 43, died Monday night after a car chase that ended at NW 61 and N Shawnee Avenue, police reported.

Three officers, two from Oklahoma City and one from Warr Acres, fired at LaRue, police reported. Oklahoma City police Sgt. Christopher Grimes and officer Daniel Kleehammer and Warr Acres police officer Cory Drain have been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.

The pursuit began about 8 p.m. Monday after a man at a Dollar General store near Warr Acres reported his vehicle was stolen, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

The chase ended in the North Coronado Heights neighborhood, where police said LaRue got out holding a large knife before officers opened fire.

Three Oklahoma City police officers used Tasers on LaRue: Sgt. Patrick Morgan, Sgt. Anthony Franklin and officer Clinton Caswell. They have been placed on restricted duty status pending investigation of the shooting, police reported.

LaRue was driving slowly when he stopped the stolen car and got out, facing officers, said Shelia Gage, who lives on NW 61. She said she got behind her own car as she heard officers using a Taser.

“I heard this pop, pop, pop, pop, and I knew he was being Tasered,” Gage said. But that didn’t stop LaRue, police reported.

Officer Joshua Castlebury fired bean bags from a shotgun at the man as he ran over trash bins set outside the home of Kayla Jenkins, 27, who moved to the neighborhood a week ago. Castlebury has also been placed on restricted duty, police reported.

Jenkins said she and her roommate were watching television.

“We just saw a flash of someone running by, then 15 to 20 cops ran through our front yard with their weapons out, with their guns out,” Jenkins said.

The man was surrounded at a curb along N Quapah, where a small retaining wall separates the front yard of a house, where young children live, and the street, Jenkins said.

“He went down in the front of this barrier wall here,” Jenkins said. “They (police officers) shot probably 12 to 15 times. It was so loud. None of the neighbors were coming out at that point.”

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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