VINITA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man Thursday during a traffic stop in northeastern Oklahoma, the highway patrol said.
The shooting happened shortly before 9 a.m. during a traffic stop on Interstate 44/Will Rogers Turnpike near Vinita, about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) northeast of Tulsa near the border with Kansas, said OHP spokeswoman Sarah Stewart.
Identities, the cause of the shooting, and the reason for the traffic stop were not immediately released. Stewart said the trooper and a woman who was driving the vehicle in which the man was riding were not injured.
The trooper had taken the woman to his patrol vehicle to talk with her during the traffic stop, then approached the man who was a passenger in the stopped vehicle.
“Events leading up to the shooting are still under investigation, but at some point in time the trooper discharged his weapon, striking the male passenger,” who died after being taken to a hospital, according to a statement from Stewart.