POTEAU, Okla. (KFSM) — A deadly officer-involved shooting at the EZ Mart in Poteau, Oklahoma has been justified by the LeFlore County District Attorney.
Jeffrey C. Smith reviewed the case file by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and determined the officer's actions "were justified and necessary to prevent the imminent bodily harm or death of a store clerk" taken hostage by Jaquon Thompson, according to a letter Smith sent to Sheriff Rob Seale.
On June 11, OSBI said Thompson was holding a knife to a 44-year-old female clerk’s throat. Police say he was refusing to drop the weapon and release the woman when asked by law enforcement.
A Poteau Police officer and LeFlore County Sheriff’s deputy both responded to the 911 call.
Each fired one shot when Thompson refused to drop the weapon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.