TAHLEQUAH — Police Chief Nate King released the names of the officers involved Monday in the fatal shooting of Bobby Lee Vaughn.

Law enforcers responded to a report of domestic violence when they reportedly encountered  a man with a firearm at 902 S. State Ave. Among the officers identified by King were Detective Chris Boals, and Patrolmen William Jacob Robertson and Bronson McNiel.

King said Vaughn, who was inside the house, fired a shot during the encounter with police. The three officers retreated to their patrol vehicles and continued attempts to establish communications with Vaughn. 

Vaughn appeared a few minutes later at the front door with a handgun by his right side. Officers reportedly urged Vaughn to drop his weapon, and witnesses heard them speak to him through a bullhorn.

According to accounts provided by King and witnesses, Vaughn raised his weapon in the officers' direction, and the three fired their weapons at the suspect. The officers immediately lost visual contact with Vaughn afterward, King said, and the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service was contacted for assistance.

After about two hours without further contact with Vaughn, officers entered the residence, where they found Vaughn, unresponsive.

King said the three officers were placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of an investigation of their use of deadly force. The investigation if being conducted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, along with other administrative protocols.

King said a press conference will be scheduled after video images from the officers' body cameras are cleared for release. He will field additional questions at that time. 

"We are currently working on media packets, which will be available at the press conference," King said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Bobby Lee Vaughn and to the officers and families involved. We will continue to release information as it becomes available." 

This story appeared in the Tahlequah Daily Press.

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