Family of man at center of officer-involved shooting speak

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 4:31 PM CDT
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DUNCAN, Okla. (KSWO) - The wife of Shawn Tillison, the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Duncan, is speaking about the situation.

Tillison’s wife said she’s the one who called the police to begin with because things had got out of hand.

“I wanted to talk to Shawn, so I could tell him to give me the gun. The police couldn’t put me in danger so they wouldn’t let me, and I feel as if could’ve got over there, and took the gun from him that he would still be alive. I feel like it’s my fault because I called them to come help, and if I hadn’t of called he would still be here,” Angela Tillison said.

She doesn’t want anyone blaming the police and said they were just doing their job.

Tillison’s mother said she was home in Tahlequah when she got a text from a friend, saying her son was dead. She quickly made her way to Duncan. She said a million things were going through her head on the way.

“I just kept saying it wasn’t true, there’s just no way, he’s my only son, and I lost my only son now. It’s bad, and people just don’t understand unless they’ve lost somebody they love,” Barbara Kelly said,

She said her son was going through a difficult time in his life but overall, he was a great person.

“Shawn was a great person. He was a loving person. He loved his wife really well. He love his kids. He was a tattoo artist, a very good one. Of course he had his flaws like everybody else does, but he virtually just loved everybody, and got along with pretty much every body.”

“I love my husband so much. He was my soul mate we rekindled our relationship after 25-years, and we got married in February of 2020,” Tillison said.

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