The Sunday morning when a man celebrating his 24th birthday was shot dead by police is still under investigation.
The incident marks the second fatal shootout by Lawton Police Department investigated by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) since November 2020.
Zonterious Johnson, 24, died Sunday morning of gunshot wounds following an incident that began at Lavish Lounge, 1015 SW Park. He had celebrated his birthday in the club.
Johnson was killed after a car chase that lasted two or three blocks after shots came from outside the club, according to investigators. A bullet hole through a double-glazed window was an indication of gunfire.
Johnson was taken to a local hospital where he died, according to OSBI. A pistol was recovered from the spot where Johnson had fallen.
The police arrived at the club around 3:30 a.m. to conduct a compliance check. Club owner Seth Fleming said several officers were inside the venue when a gunshot broke out. He believes a round was fired by the police at the club.
The OSBI stated that the shot came from outside the lounge.
The constitution awaits an answer to questions about the police presence at the club that led to the fatal shots.
Lawton Police have directed all investigations into Johnson’s death to the OSBI. If confirmed, it would be the first death by murder reported on the city limits in 2021.
Brook Arbeitman, OSBI spokesman, said there were no updates to the incident and it was still “actively” investigated.
The shooting follows an incident on November 19, 2020 in which another man was killed in police shots. She too had been examined by the OSBI.
Duane Scott Murray II, 30, of Lawton, was killed after an early morning confrontation with police that lasted about an hour and ended when he pointed his gun at the police before he was killed by a bullet to the head.
“Our investigation is complete,” said Arbeitman. “The next step in this process is for the district attorney to review our report and determine whether charges should be brought.”
First Assistant District Attorney Kyle Cabelka confirmed the report was received by DA Fred Smith’s office. Whether the shooting was a lawful use of force is currently being investigated.
“We are looking into it now and will make a decision shortly,” he said.
The LPD policy provides that officers involved in a shooting incident are taken on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Written by Scott Rains: firstname.lastname@example.org.