Judge rules Blackwell officer justified in shooting driver


August 13, 2021

NEWKIRK, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police lieutenant charged with first-degree manslaughter after he opened fire on a pickup truck, killing the driver, was justified in the shooting, a judge has ruled.

Kay County District Judge Lee Turner dismissed the case Thursday against Lt. John Mitchell, 41, who had been facing trial in the 2019 fatal shooting of Micheal Ann Godsey in Blackwell, The Oklahoman reported.

"The magnitude of this ruling potentially is just huge," attorney Gary James told the newspaper.

Mitchell has remained on the force while the case was pending.

Mitchell joined a pursuit of G...

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