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Police: Woman shot by Bartlesville officer has died; injured officer undergoing surgery

Family member says woman shot by Bartlesville officer has died (KTUL)

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (KTUL) -- A family member says a woman shot Wednesday night by Bartleville police officer during a drug trafficking arrest has died.

Police say six Bartlesville officers were serving a search warrant for illegal drug sales at a home near 16th and Maple. Four officers entered the home and encountered the suspect, 50-year-old Mike Livingston. When they were taking the suspect into custody, investigators say the man's mother started shooting what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun.

Two officers were hit by a type of projectile, according to police. One officer returned fire, hitting 72-year-old Geraldine Townsend once in the upper body. Townsend died at the hospital.

One of the officers was taken to the hospital for a facial injury and is undergoing surgery to remove a projectile.

Police say they determined Townsend was firing a high-powered pellet gun, which resembled a real gun.

Livingston was taken to jail for drug and weapons charges.

OSBI is leading the investigation.

The officer who fired at Townsend is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


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