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March 4, 2014

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Oklahoma City — OKC police identify Friday shooting victim

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have identified the victim of a Saturday shooting at a downtown club.

Police say 30-year-old Zachary Bowie of Spencer was discovered at approximately 12:40 a.m. suffering from a gunshot wound outside Club Social after officers responded to shots fired there.

Bowie was transported to OU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

According to police, the suspected shooter was inside Club Social when he was confronted by security and kicked out.  As he was leaving, he made threats toward security personnel. 

Police say they believe the suspect left for a few minutes, returned with a gun and fired toward the crowd, hitting and killing Bowie.  Investigators have not identified the suspect at this time.

 

Oklahoma City police officer charged with assault

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 15-year-veteran Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities say he chased down and attempted to arrest a driver who shouted at him as he drove by the officer.

Oklahoma City Police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson announced Monday that charges had been filed against Sgt. Matthew Downing in connection with a Jan. 26 traffic stop.

Nelson says Downing had initiated the stop on the city’s northwest side when a passing motorist shouted at him. Downing then disengaged from the traffic stop to chase down the man who yelled at him.

Nelson says Downing then attempted to arrest the man, which resulted in a “minor use of force.”

A telephone message left Monday with the Fraternal Order of Police and its attorney were not immediately returned.

 

Sentencing postponed for Tulsa courthouse shooter

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a 25-year-old man convicted of shooting into a crowded Tulsa plaza in 2012 and wounding a sheriff’s deputy and a bystander.

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