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Police Footage Shows Them Fatally Shoot Man Holding Hammer

A man wielding a hammer in the direction of Tahlequah police officers said “someone’s gonna die tonight” shortly before the officers used deadly force against him, the police chief said. Police chief Nate King said during a Friday news conference that although an outside investigation is pending, he believes the officers’ actions were “necessary, not just justified” because the man, 49-year-old Dominic Rollice of Park Hill, escalated the situation and made the officers fear for their lives. “A reasonable officer would have sensed a clear and present danger to them and to their other officers,” he said of the situation, saying he felt confident making that judgment before the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completes its evaluation of the incident.

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