Two Tahlequah police officers fatally shot a Cherokee County man Friday night after he allegedly lunged toward them while wielding a hammer, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Saturday.
According to OSBI agents, Tahlequah police were sent to 417 E. Shawnee Terrace for a disturbance, and encountered 49-year-old Dominic Rollice. The OSBI said Rollice refused to leave the area and instead picked up a hammer, which he refused to put down.
The OSBI said Rollice "lunged toward officers," and two fired their weapons, striking him. Rollice was taken to a Tahlequah hospital and pronounced dead.
Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King said three officers responded to the call on the dead-end street, which runs north off of East Shawnee.
The officers involved will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the OSBI's investigation.
OSBI agents and Tahlequah detectives were on the scene Friday night and Saturday morning; the OSBI will provide the District Attorney's Office with a written report of the incident once an investigation is concluded.
It will be up to the DA to determine whether the officers' actions are justified.
Tahlequah officers are provided with body cameras and most, if not all, carry Tasers, but authorities have not said whether cameras captured the shooting, or if Tasers were used during the call.