CARTER COUNTY, Okla. – Police officers from the Wilson Police Department are facing charges of 2nd Degree Murder after the hospitalization and subsequent death of 28-year-old Jared Lakey. Lakey died on July 6, 2019 after being tased multiple times by 25-year-old Joshua Taylor and 34-year-old Brandon Dingman, both officers on the Wilson Police Department. Following the tasing of Lakey, which occurred shortly before midnight on July 4, 2019, the Carter County Sheriff’s Office requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) assist with the investigation.
Taylor and Dingman were responding to a call that involved Lakey acting in a disorderly way. When Lakey would not comply with commands from the officers, Taylor and Dingman used their tasers multiple times. A Carter County deputy eventually responded to the scene and was able to assist with getting Lakey in custody. Shortly thereafter, Lakey stopped breathing and became unresponsive. Lakey was transported to the hospital in Healdton and then to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, which is where he died.
Upon conclusion of the OSBI investigation of the circumstances that led to Lakey’s death, a report was submitted to the District Attorney’s office. On July 1, 2020, the DA’s office issued arrest warrants for Taylor and Dingman. This morning, both officers turned themselves in to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office. They were booked on one count each of 2nd Degree Murder. Both were given a $250,000 bond and both have bonded out.