Police: Oklahoma officer shot man who approached with weapon
January 1, 2021
MCaLESTER, Oklahoma (AP) — A 40-year-old Oklahoma man was hospitalized in critical condition Thursday after police shot him when he moved toward officers with a weapon, state investigators said.
Police in McAlester, a city 130 miles (209 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City, received a call Thursday about Nicholas Halkias trying to hurt himself, according to a statement from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Officers found Halkias at an intersection near a railroad crossing in the city of about 18,00 people. He was armed with a weapon and refused the officers' orders to drop it, the statement said. When Halkias began moving toward the officers, one of them opened fired hitting him, investigators said. He was initially take to a local hospital and subsequently moved to hospital in Tulsa, where he's being treating for a gunshot wound and "numerous self-inflicted injuries," according to the statement The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation's statement did not specify what type of weapon Halkias had when he was shot, how he hurt himself nor identify the officer who shot him. A spokeswoman for the bureau did not respond to subsequent questions.
The McAlester police referred questions from The Associated Press to the state agency, which is investigating the shooting. Police Chief Kevin Hearod told the McAlester News-Capital that none of his officers were hurt and the one who shot Halkias has been put on paid leave.