Thursday, March 14, 2019

OSBI Releases Name of Dead Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting

The identity of the man who died after a Sallisaw officer-involved shooting that took place Thursday morning south of Sallisaw has been released by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

At 9:07 a.m., the Sallisaw Police Department received a call reporting a suspicious person walking along Highway 59. The caller said the individual appeared to match the description of an inmate that reportedly escaped from Missouri.

Sallisaw officers made contact with 27-year-old Shawn Taylor Watie of Stillwell, who came after the officers with a weapon, which was a knife, at which point Watie was shot by the officers, according to the OSBI.

The two Sallisaw officers rendered aid on Watie until EMS arrived. He was transported to Northeastern Sequoyah Health Center where he died.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy, and the OSBI is still investigating.

The names of the two officers are not being released at this time. They are currently on paid administrative leave.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said the Sallisaw officers did not appear to be injured and were talking to officials at the scene.

Lane did say the case was not related to the manhunt in Leflore County, in which law enforcement officials are searching for kidnapping suspect and escapee Travis Lee Davis.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Oklahoma Department of Transportation diverted traffic to the southbound lanes, as the northbound lanes were blocked by emergency vehicles and crime scene tape. 

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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