Charges have been filed against an Oklahoma City police officer who fatally shot a suicidal man.
Oklahoma City police responded to a call of a person who was threatening suicide in the 1400 block of S.W. 20th, reported CBS News.
When officers arrived on scene, Dustin Pigeon, 29, was outside holding a lighter fluid bottle in his left hand and a lighter in his right hand.
Officials said Pigeon poured the lighter fluid on his body and was attempting to ignite the lighter when officers confronted him.
At one point during the confrontation, Officer Troy Nitzky fired one round from a bean bag gun at Pigeon.
About the same time, Sgt. Keith Sweeney fired his weapon multiple times at Pigeon, killing him.
Officer Nitzky, who has served on the police force for two years, and Sgt. Sweeney, who has served on the force for nine years, were placed on routine administrative leave.
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office announced that a second-degree murder charge, or in the alternative, first-degree manslaughter, had been filed against Sgt. Sweeney.
“The act of shooting Dustin Pigeon was unreasonable, unjustified, and perpetrated in an imminently dangerous manner, evincing a depraved mind, and demonstrating a disregard for human life…” the charge states.
Court documents state that the investigation into the incident concluded Pigeon was not armed and not a threat to the officers when he was shot by Sweeney.
Body camera footage of the incident has been released, and it shows three officers arriving at the scene and rushing toward Pigeon. The officers tell Pigeon to drop the lighter fluid and put his hands in the air.
At that point, Pigeon is seen putting his hands above his head and backing away from the officers, but not dropping the lighter fluid.
Prater says that Sgt. Sweeney can be heard on the video saying, “I will f**king shoot you” to Pigeon.
Sweeney then shoots Pigeon multiple times and he falls to the ground.
In an interview with officials, Prater says that Sweeney told investigators that he thought Sweeney had a knife in his hand and felt like his life was in danger.