Tulsa, Oklahoma (AP) An Oklahoma police officer who shot and killed a man who posed a threat to himself and others with mental health issues in 2015 has been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation, the city’s chief said Wednesday.
Officer Brenton Myers was fired from the Tulsa Police Department on Monday after a disciplinary review board said he fired his weapon accidentally and the shooting was unjustified.
The city’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Tom McCallum, said Myers was suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry.
In his letter, McCallam said Myers is “deeply concerned” by the incident and he plans to meet with Myers on Thursday.
“Myers’ actions were unjustified,” he said.
“This is a very difficult and challenging time for all of us, including the families of those who lost their lives.”
In the letter, Myers wrote that he had “no choice” but to shoot the man.
He said the officer’s actions were justified after he said the man was reaching for his waistband.
The Tulsa Police Dept. said in a statement that the department has taken steps to improve training and processes and is “reviewing all policies related to use of force in the line of duty.”
The Tulsa County district attorney’s office also said it was investigating the officer.
A grand jury has been convened in the case, which is currently pending.