Blackwell Police Lieutenant Charged with Murder for Killing Active Shooter
Blackwell, Oklahoma — The streets of Blackwell were quiet this evening, but residents across town were not.
Residents were shocked about the news of police Lieutenant John Mitchell being indicted for second-degree murder for an incident that ended in the death of a woman.
Police say dispatch received a call about an active shooter who was going around town shooting at things, then at the officers. A lot of gunfire was exchanged, and the woman was killed following a pursuit.
Upwards of 60 shots were reported, which is why some say he was indicted, but supporters disagree.
“To me, you return fire until the threat is neutralized, and you don’t know if it’s going to be one or one hundred,” said Sean Ingram, a Mitchell supporter.
For the law enforcement community, the indictment has sent a chilling shockwave of concern, summed up by the state president of the fraternal order of police.
“This would be the first time in American history that a police officer or anybody was charged with the crime of murder for shooting at an active shooter,” said Jason Smith, president of the Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police.
“Where do you draw that line? You’re being shot at,” one resident said.
It’s a question for a jury, and sitting in the courtroom will be plenty of Mitchell supporters.
“He is the most honorable person I know, and I will back him all the way,” said Ingram.
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