Sunday evening, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation released additional information concerning the Ardmore man who died after being shot by an Ardmore police officer earlier in the day.
According to the OSBI, just before 10 a.m. Ardmore police responded to the 1000 block of Bailey Street to a report of someone ingesting rat poison. When the officers arrived they encountered the man who was ultimately shot and killed.
The dead man was identified as 41-year-old Eric Thompkins, reports the OSBI.
“When officers arrived on the scene, they found Thompkins, 41, outside,” the OSBI stated in a press statement. “He ignored commands to keep his hands out of his pockets and pulled out what appeared to be a handgun. One officer fired his weapon striking Thompkins. He was transported to Mercy hospital in Ardmore where doctors pronounced him dead.”
Earlier in the day, APD Chief Ken Grace confirmed the officer had been placed on paid leave pending outcome of the investigation. The officer’s name was not released.
“We have turned this over to the OSBI. All further statements will have to come from them,” Grace said.
The OSBI is investigating the shooting and will provide a report to the district attorney, who will determine if the shooting was justified.