WILBURTON, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred just after 8 p.m. on May 27, 2020.
Based on the OSBI’s initial investigation, this is what is known at this time:
• At approximately 8:15 p.m. a citizen saw a man walking along Highway 2 and Main Street near Casey’s Convenience Store in Wilburton. The citizen believed the man was intoxicated.
• A Wilburton police officer responded and activated the emergency lights on his patrol car.
• The man, identified as 30-year-old Alexander Scott, turned and threw a bottle at the patrol car. He then advanced towards the driver’s side door.
• Officer Richard Johnston exited the patrol car and was stabbed several times in the neck and shoulder by Scott.
• Johnston was able to fire his service weapon at Scott. Despite being stabbed, Officer Johnston then attempted to render aid to Scott by holding pressure on his wound.
• After EMS and additional officers arrived, Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.
• Officer Johnston was transported to the Hospital in McAlester. He has since been treated and released.
• Scott had been arrested previously in Latimer County and had been charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Resisting an Officer.
• Assisting the OSBI with the investigation were the Wilburton Police and Fire Departments, Latimer County Sheriff’s Office, the Oklahoma Office of the State Medical Examiner and Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
There is no additional information to be released at this time.