Subject in 2018 officer-involved shooting files lawsuit against City of Lone Grove, others

Sierra Rains

Local officials are working through a civil lawsuit recently filed by the subject in an officer-involved shooting that occurred nearly two years ago.

Travis Graham, now 30 years old, reportedly filed the lawsuit on Sep. 4, 2019 for an alleged civil rights violation, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma docket.

On March 3, 2018, Graham was reportedly involved in an incident where he was shot by an officer from the Lone Grove Police Department.

At the time, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reported that the officer, along with an officer from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, was called to Graham’s home in the 500 block of Fruit St. in reference to a man making suicidal comments.

The officers allegedly arrived on scene and knocked on the door. A few seconds later, Graham allegedly opened the door and pointed a Ruger 9E handgun at the Lone Grove officer, who then reportedly shot Graham multiple times.

Graham survived the injuries and on March 23, 2019 was charged with feloniously pointing a firearm. However, the case was later dismissed on Jan. 9, 2019 due to “the evidence” being “insufficient to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” according to Carter County court documents.

At their weekly meeting on Jan. 27, 2020, the Carter County Commissioners discussed and considered taking action on three different civil lawsuits, one of which was Travis Graham v. City of Lone Grove, et al.

The defendants in the suit include the officers involved in the 2018 incident, the City of Lone Grove, the Lone Grove Police Chief, Carter County Sheriff, and the Carter County Board of Commissioners.

Following their meeting Monday, District 3 Commissioner Jerry Alvord said each commissioner has been designated to a specific lawsuit in order to help settle the matter in a more timely manner. Alvord was assigned to the City of Lone Grove suit, but said he could not provide any further information at this time.

Civil cases are most often settled by a mutual agreement between parties without a trial, however, some cases do end up making it to trial.