An Oklahoma cop faces 2nd degree murder charges after he repeatedly shot & killed a suicidal young man. Dustin Pigeon was standing in a grassy area near his home, holding a lighter and a bottle of lighter fluid. Rather than taking the lighter away, the cop decided to shoot & kill the man.
The Oklahoman spoke with family of the deceased.
District Attorney, David Prater explains the prosecution:
“From what we saw in the body cams, we saw what was and wasn’t factual,” Prater said.
Pigeon followed the officers’ demands until slightly dropping his arms, which is when prosecutors said Sweeney fired his gun five times, hitting and killing Pigeon.
Detective Chris Cunningham said;
" When officers arrived, they made contact with Dustin Pigeon in the grassy area in front of 1416 S.W. 20th (Street). Pigeon was holding a bottle of lighter fluid, and a lighter, threatening to set himself on fire.During the encounter Officer T. Nitzky deployed a less lethal bean bag shotgun striking Dustin Pigeon in the left hip. Sergeant K. Sweeney discharged his duty weapon striking Pigeon multiple times. Pigeon was pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation into this incident concluded Dustin Pigeon was not armed and not a threat to the officers when he was shot by Sgt. Sweeney. After presenting the investigation to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office, it was determined the use of deadly force, by Sergeant Keith Sweeney, against Dustin Pigeon was not justified."