DA's Office clears Owasso officers who shot, killed man armed with AK-47
OWASSO, Okla. (KTUL) —
The District Attorney's Office has determined that two Owasso police officers were justified in the deadly shooting of an armed man back in March.
The two officers' decision to shoot 39-year-old Duane Preciado "was justified and appropriate under the law and facts," according to an April report submitted by District Attorney Matt Ballard. Preciado reportedly pointed a loaded AK-47 at officers and repeatedly threatened to shoot them.
Investigators say police were originally conducting a welfare check on Preciado before the situation escalated. Ballard wrote in his report that body cam video shows the officers discussed their options for deescalating the situation before resorting to firing their weapons.
"Given the circumstances, the officers displayed admirable patience and bravery and took extensive efforts to avoid the use of their firearms," Ballard wrote in the decision.
Preciado reportedly yelled "Kill me!" before the officers shot him three times. He later died at the hospital.
"Mr. Preciado's actions would lead any reasonable officer to conclude that he intended to do harm," Ballard wrote. "The officers were justified in their belief that the immediate use of deadly force was necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to themselves."