CHICKASHA, OK (KSWO)- A Chickasha officer involved shooting on November 19th has been ruled as justifiable deadly force.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has extensively reviewed the body cam footage of Officer Chad King. The footage shows the suspect, Steve Vananda, reach for a gun after Officer King identified himself as law enforcement. According to court documents, it was after Vananda pointed his weapon at Officer King, that King opened fire to protect himself, his fellow officers, and the domestic victim.
On November 19th around 1:30 a.m., Chickasha police responded to a welfare call. Steve Vananda was reportedly intoxicated, depressed, and talking about his deceased wife. His family told police that Vananda had multiple firearms and access to a surveillance system covering the entire home. Vananda was alone inside of the home with his father, while the rest of the family was barred outdoors.
Officer King called for backup and entered the house when he heard screaming inside the home. As King approached the room where the men were, he heard Vananda telling his father that he was “not above [him] anymore.” King announced he was with the police department and Vananda picked up a gun. According to documents, King instructed Vananda to drop the weapon multiple times.
It has been determined that Officer King fired the first shot. Vananda did return fire at the officer.
The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Vananda died as a result of the gunshot wounds. It is also noted in the report that Vananda’s blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit.