Man dead after officer-involved shooting

LAWTON, Okla._A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting on Lawton's southwest side Monday evening.

Just before 5 p.m., police said they received multiple calls about a man walking along Southwest Lee Boulevard near Sheridan Road, and waving a handgun at drivers.

They said an officer arrived and confronted the suspect. A few moments later, shots were fired.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case and is working to piece together what led to the officer to open fire on the suspect, but a witness shared with 7News what she saw.

"The police shot the man," Monique Branch, a witness, said.

Monique Branch said she was on her way to the salon when the incident started.

"He was just walking, he wasn't doing anything he wasn't supposed to be doing. He was just walking to me," Branch said.

But Lawton Police Chief James Smith said multiple calls to dispatch tell a different story.

"We responded to an individual with a weapon," Chief Smith said.

Branch said when the first officer arrived, he got out of his patrol car, and told the man to lie down on the ground.

"And then he laid down, but he didn't have a gun in his hand. He might have put it in his pockets," Branch recalled.

She said the officer then asked the suspect to stand up, and put his hands up.

"And then he tased the man."

She saw the suspect reach into his pockets. Next thing she knew, the officer had the taser in one hand and his gun in the other. Then she heard gunshots.

"He just shot him, point-blank, he just shot him."

She said the officer then put the suspect in handcuffs and gave the man CPR until paramedics arrived.

"He wasn't moving, he was dead."

The victim was taken to Comanche County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld until his family has been notified.

The officer involved, whose name has not been released at this time, has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of OSBI's investigation.