OSBI investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in Sayre
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating lethal force used by an officer in far western Oklahoma.
In a press release sent out on Thursday, OSBI reports two Sayre police officers were trying to serve a felony warrant on 43-year-old Larry Dale Plaster at his home Thursday morning. Police say they attempted to arrest him when he ran from the area.
Backup was called in and a Beckham County Sheriff's deputy joined the chase. The deputy said he tried to arrest Plaster when the man hit him several times with an axe.
That's when the deputy fired multiple rounds, hitting him at least once. Plaster died at the scene from his injuries.
Sayre officers and the deputy both report they tried tasers on him but they were ineffective. The deputy was treated and released from an area hospital.
The Beckham County Sheriff's Office called in OSBI to investigate. OSBI will hand over the report to the district attorney who will decide if the shooting was justified.
According to the OSBI, Plaster had felony warrants for failure to pay child support and failure to pay a warrant for attempting to elude police while under the influence.
The deputy's name has not been released.