No Charges Sought in Killing of Tulsa Mentally Ill Man

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An investigation turned up nothing to warrant charges against three law enforcement officers who fatally shot a mentally ill man as he carried two large knives into a Tulsa convenience store, said Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker, the Tulsa World reports. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether any charges will be filed. Two Tulsa County deputies and a Tulsa police officer opened fire on Joshua Barre on June 9.  The deputies sought the assistance of Tulsa police when they saw Barre, 29, with two large knives in the street.

Sheriff Vic Regalado offered new details of events preceding the Barre shooting. He said the deputies were in their patrol vehicle following behind Barre at a safe distance as he walked and repeatedly motioned for deputies to exit the vehicle. The sheriff said the pair tried to coax Barre into dropping the knives so that they could get him help. He said the deputies had to be careful of how and when they approached Barre, taking into account his mental illness.

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