On Tuesday afternoon the Tahlequah Police Department released body camera video of Saturday’s deadly officer-involved shooting.
The video released sheds a new light on what happened Saturday afternoon when 15 year veteran with Tahlequah Police Officer Tandy Tanner fired his gun killing 35- year- old Joshua Crittenden.
Caught on camera the sound of six gunshots fired in 1.35 seconds.
“In a small town you always think it can never happen here. It won’t happen here. Until it does and it did,” said Nate King, Tahlequah Chief of Police.
King released the body camera video captured by one of four responding officers at Saturday’s deadly shooting. King said Ofc. Tanner did not have his body camera activated at the time of the shooting.
In the video you can see officers arrive on scene after receiving a call about a fight with weapons involved.
Officers arrested this man Benjamin Brown for outstanding warrants and then continued to search inside and outside a house for a second suspect.
“The suspect was discovered when he busted out the gable vent of the south end of the home and officers could see he had a gun and was scanning for a target. The suspect was given numerous commands to drop the gun and surrender, which he ignored,” King said.
At one point Crittenden jumped out of a vent from the attic landed on the ground and came face to face with Ofc.Tanner. Both men armed with guns.
“He literally had half a second to decide don’t shoot, shoot,” King said.
King said evidence collected on scene revealed the safety on Crittenden’s gun was off.
The video doesn’t show exactly what happened between the suspect and the officer or what was said, but King said he knows Ofc.Tanner feared for his life.
“It’s tragic once again. I know Joshua Crtittenden. I know his father. I know his family. I know there are people hurting over this in Tahlequah. It’s a tragedy for all of Tahlequah,” King said.
King said he supports Ofc.Tanner’s action and believes he acted correctly. Ofc.Tanner will remain on administrative leave while the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation finishes it’s investigation.
According to King, the last time the agency had a deadly officer-involved shooting in Tahlequah was back in 1960’s.