Man charged after shooting involving officer in OKC

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NORMAN, Okla. — A man that was involved in an officer-involved shooting in Oklahoma City last week has been charged.

On Tuesday, Robert D. Young, 55, of Oklahoma City, was charged in Cleveland County District Court with first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the death of William Young, 56, and the kidnapping of three other people.

According to an Oklahoma City Police affidavit, officers responded about 2:45 a.m. Feb. 1 to a “trouble unknown” call at 15001 Barton Drive.

Once Officer Brandon McDonald arrived on scene, he approached the door at the residence when Young started shooting at the officer.

McDonald shot back at Young, ultimately killing him. McDonald was not injured during the shooting, the affidavit read.

Robert faces the murder charge on the basis of the felony murder rule, which states that everyone accused of being involved in a felony crime that results in a death can be charged with that death.

During the initial call, another deceased person, who was later identified as Jennifer Young, was discovered by police in a van parked at the residence.

It is believed that Jennifer was William’s wife and the mother of a female victim Robert is accused of kidnapping. The other two kidnapping victims were male.

According to an incident report, Oklahoma City police believe William killed Jennifer prior to officers arriving on scene.

The female victim also was shot by William Young, but Oklahoma City Police Department spokesperson MSgt. Gary Knight said the woman will make a full recovery. The other two kidnapping victims were not injured.


McGuire writes for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.

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