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Crime Oklahoma officer convicted of 2nd-degree murder

04:45  05 november  2019
04:45  05 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A jury has convicted an Oklahoma City police officer of second- degree murder in the shooting death of a man who was threatening to set himself on fire. The jury on Monday found Sgt. Keith Sweeney guilty in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Second- degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison. The jury recommended a 10-year prison sentence. A judge will formally pass sentence at a date still to be set.

Sweeney was among officers responding to reports of a suicidal person and found Pigeon doused in lighter fluid and threatening to set himself on fire in a courtyard. Prosecutors say Sweeney shot Pigeon after another officer fired a bean bag. An affidavit says Pigeon was unarmed and did not pose a threat when he was shot, and two fellow officers also testified that Pigeon posed no threat. Defense attorney Gary James has said Sweeney didn't know Pigeon was unarmed because the other officers didn't notify him by radio and that Sweeney made the proper decision based on the information he was given.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury on Monday found an Oklahoma City police officer guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a suicidal man who was threatening to set himself on fire.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Oklahoma City police Sgt. Keith Sweeney, who's charged with second-degree murder for killing Dustin Pigeon in November 2017. A jury is expected to begin deliberations Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in the trial of an Sweeney who fatally shot Pigeon who had doused himself in lighter fluid and was threatening to set himself on fire. (Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office shows Oklahoma City police Sgt. Keith Sweeney, who's charged with second-degree murder for killing Dustin Pigeon in November 2017. A jury is expected to begin deliberations Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in the trial of an Sweeney who fatally shot Pigeon who had doused himself in lighter fluid and was threatening to set himself on fire. (Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

The jury deliberated about 5½ hours before finding Sgt. Keith Sweeney guilty in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon and recommending a 10-year prison sentence. Second-degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.

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Oklahoma officer Keith Sweeney is convicted of 2 nd - degree murder over the shooting of Dustin Pigeon.

OKLAHOMA CITY — A jury on Monday found an Oklahoma City police officer guilty of second- degree murder in the shooting death of a suicidal man who was threatening to set himself on fire. The jury deliberated about 5½ hours before finding Sgt. Sweeney was among officers responding to reports of a suicidal person and found Pigeon doused in lighter fluid and threatening to set himself on fire in a courtyard. Prosecutors say Sweeney shot Pigeon after another officer fired a bean bag.

Sweeney was among officers responding to reports of a suicidal person and found Pigeon doused in lighter fluid and threatening to set himself on fire in a courtyard.

Prosecutors say Sweeney shot Pigeon after another officer fired a bean bag. An affidavit says Pigeon was unarmed and did not pose a threat when he was shot, and two fellow officers also testified that Pigeon posed no threat.

Defense attorney Gary James has said Sweeney didn't know Pigeon was unarmed because the other officers didn't notify him by radio and that Sweeney made the proper decision based on the information he was given.

But prosecutors argued that Sweeney didn't follow protocol when he shot Pigeon three times, including once in the heart.

District Attorney David Prater said Sweeney "violated just about every policy he could have regarding how you deal with the mentally ill and how you deal with a person when you're trying to de-escalate the situation."

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