WARNING: The attached video depicts graphic content, including footage of a man being fatally shot by police officers. The entire video has now been uploaded and is about 15 minutes long.
Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King on Friday released body camera footage that captured a fatal shooting of 49-year-old Dominic Rollice on Friday, Aug. 12.
The entire video is more than 15 minutes long. The first 30 seconds does not include audio because the camera had not been turned on until about 30 seconds into the clip.
Video shows Officer Josh Girdner first approach Rollice in the garage of Rollice's ex-wife, on East Shawnee Terrace. Rollice claims in the video that he is in his own home, but King said Rollice did not live there. Audio of a police call by his ex-wife was also released Friday.
She claimed Rollice was intoxicated and refusing to leave. Video shows Rollice retrieve a claw hammer and raise it above his head before two of the Tahlequah officers – Lt. Brandon Vick and Girdner – fired their weapons at him a total of six times. Officer Chase Reed deployed his Taser on Rollice at the same moment the shots were fired, King said.
The chief said Friday that his officers, in his opinion, followed protocol and he feels they were justified in the shooting. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is probing the incident and will provide findings to the district attorney, who will determine whether the shooting was justified.
Full details of King's press conference Friday, and the details he released about the shooting, will be in the weekend edition of the Daily Press.