TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa police released body camera footage showing last Monday’s fatal officer-involved shooting outside an east Tulsa hotel.
The newly released videos begin with Tulsa Police Department Gang Unit Officers Chris Beyerl and Shawn Hickey—wearing a lapel camera—in a police cruiser in the parking lot of the Extended Stay Hotel in the 8500 block of East 41st Street.
Beyerl can be seen walking around a parked SUV and then questioning a passenger who had gotten out of the vehicle. Beyerl then quickly points his service weapon at the driver’s side doors.
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Beyerl’s body camera shows him telling a man, identified as 26-year-old Albert Odom, to “let me see your hands” while pointing his gun at the open driver’s door, reported Tulsa World.
He then says, “What do you got?” A yell from inside the vehicle is heard, and then Beyerl fires multiple rounds into the vehicle.
About 30 seconds after the officers arrived at the scene, Beyerl discharged his weapon after he “could see that the front-seat passenger was armed with a gun and it was pointed at him,” Sgt. Richard Meulenberg said in a press release.
Investigators said in the press release that at the 1-minute mark on the video, the man fired at Beyerl.
A police spokeswoman said the officer approached only to have a conversation with the men in the vehicle.
Immediately after the shooting, Beyerl notifies dispatch that shots have been fired. Moreover, Beyerl tells Hickey that “he’s still got the gun in his hand,” and both officers then can be heard shouting, “Get on the ground!” “Don’t move!” “Let me see your hands!” and “Drop the gun!” multiple times before backing away and requesting an ambulance.
Odom later was pronounced dead at the scene.
The two other occupants of the vehicle fled and were later taken into custody, police said. They have not been identified.
Body Cam Video
Police said the officers were patrolling the area as part of a multiagency task force to curb violent crime at a hotel that has a history of drug trafficking and other criminal activity.
“The Gang Unit has arrested several individuals in and around that hotel in the recent past with guns,” Meulenberg said.
Obviously, their presence was needed as these guys were apparently up to no good.