Monday, February 17, 2020

Deputies Cleared of Jan. 7 Shooting

Photo taken from bodycam footage of Swaim
 pointing a weapon at deputies.

The two Sequoyah County deputies involved in a Jan. 7 shooting have been cleared, according to a statement released Feb. 13 from District Attorney Jack Thorp.

In the statement, Thorp said deputies Robert Johnson and Thomas Stafford were justified in their actions and would not be prosecuted.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said Monday that he is glad the deputies were cleared as they expected. Johnson and Stafford have been on administrative leave pending the outcome of the inquiry. They are expected to return to duty immediately, Lane said.

On Jan. 7, the two deputies were dispatched to the area of 4760 Road in Sequoyah County on a call of “threats with a firearm.” Upon their arrival, the law enforcement officers saw Matthew Leroy Swaim walking down the road with a firearm. 

When deputies tried to engage him, Swaim reportedly raised his weapon and pointed it at the deputies and they opened fire, injuring him. 

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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