OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail for second-degree murder in connection with a November officer-involved shooting.
Sgt. Keith Patrick Sweeney was charged in connection to the death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon.
Police were called on Nov. 15 to the 1400 block of SW 20 to approach a suicidal person.
Pigeon reportedly doused himself with lighter fluid, held a lighter and threatened to kill himself. Pigeon was killed when he refused to comply with officers’ commands. Pigeon’s death was the seventh officer-involved shooting and the 77th homicide in Oklahoma City.
According to the court document, Sweeney shot Pigeon multiple times after Pigeon was hit by projectile from a bean bag shotgun deployed by another officer. Pigeon was pronounced dead at the scene.
The court document said the investigation into the incident concluded Pigeon was not armed and was not a threat to the officers when he was shot by Sweeney.
The district attorney’s office determined the use of deadly force was not justified.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the murder charged against Sweeney on Tuesday.
“Pigeon would not drop the lighter,” said Prater. “But was substantially compliant with the officers’ orders. At one point, Mr. Pigeon dropped his hands to waist level.
“Sweeney should not have been yelling orders,” said Prater. “They’re talking to him, trying to get him to drop it.”
Pigeon’s father told News 9 the day of the shooting that he did not understand why his son was fatally shot.
“He went out and helped people. He just was not a mean man. He was not,” Boston Pigeon, Dustin Pigeon’s father, said. “He was a good person.”
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