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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Federal Law Enforcement Involved in Fatal Shooting in Cleveland County

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Thursday, May 17, at approximately 11:15 a.m., members of the Western District of Oklahoma’s U.S. Marshals Metro Fugitive Task Force were involved in a shooting in rural Cleveland County, announced U.S. Marshal Johnny Kuhlman, Secret Service Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth Valentine, and Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.  Federal law enforcement officers were attempting to arrest a suspect based on multiple federal warrants.

During the attempted arrest, the suspect produced a long gun and fired multiple rounds at Task Force members, who returned fire.  The suspect was killed.  His name is being withheld pending definitive identification and notification of next of kin.

As a matter of policy, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Secret Service will not release the names of law enforcement officers involved in shooting incidents until the conclusion of all investigations surrounding the incident.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma City Police Department will conduct a joint investigation of the shooting.

More information will be available in coming days concerning this ongoing investigation.

Updated May 18, 2018