Family speaks out on behalf of deceased Turner Turnpike standoff victim
Troopers say they tried to stop Carswell from hurting others on the Turner Turnpike. (KOKH)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - A grieving mother is speaking out after troopers shot and killed her son.

It happened nearly two weeks ago on the Turner Turnpike in Canadian County.

Troopers say they tried to stop Carswell from hurting others on the Turner Turnpike. (KOKH)

Charles Carswell's mom says her son stole watermelons from a fruit stand in Arizona, then died in a shootout with troopers in Oklahoma.

Troopers say they tried to stop the stolen SUV from hurting others on the Turner Turnpike.

Investigators say Charles Carswell was behind the wheel of that car.

His mom Lisa says he ended up here in Oklahoma because he was on a wellness journey.

"He is a wonderful son, father, business owner, a master welder and he is dearly missed," said Lisa Carswell.

Troopers say Carswell caught their attention because he was wanted in connection to an armed robbery in Arizona.

However, his mom says he just stole watermelon.

"He was there on a wellness journey. Camping and being spiritual. He had been there for a bit and doing things he liked to do in his last moments. I am really upset about this."

In the dashcam video, you can see Carswell fire at officers.

Family members say he got out and began playing the bongo drums and that's when troopers shot and killed him.

Carswell's family worries he was shot because of his race, and believes the situation didn't have to end this way.

"He was for the peace, for the love, he wasn’t a violent person he was very spiritual," said sister-in-law Brandy Parsons.

"I have no closure. I do not know what happened to my son. No one will speak to me. I am getting just pieces of the story. My son was brutally killed over two watermelons," said Lisa Carswell.

The family is from Ohio. They were in town to collect Carswell's belongings, especially his journal.

OHP released the dashcam but didn't comment on the investigation.

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