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Update: OHP releases the name of trooper involved in fatal shooting
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Update: OHP releases the name of trooper involved in fatal shooting

Update: OHP releases the name of trooper involved in fatal shooting
Trooper Sheldon Robinson

Update: OHP releases the name of trooper involved in fatal shooting

Update: Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the trooper involved in Sunday morning's fatal shooting.

Trooper Sheldon Robinson has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.  He shot and killed Michael Swatosh.

It's normal for a trooper to be put on administrative leave after discharging their weapon.

Original: An off-duty Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a man early Sunday morning at a Tulsa motel.

Capt. George Brown of OHP told KRMG at the scene the incident began just after 1:00 a.m. at the Best Budget Inn, 34 S. Sheridan Road.

"An off-duty trooper witnessed a couple of suspects, armed," Brown said. "Trooper exits his vehicle, feels threatened at some point, fires on a suspect, hitting and killing the one suspect. There were two suspects initially involved, the second suspect fled the scene."

The body of the suspect was visible on the steps leading to the third floor of the motel when KRMG arrived on the scene.

Brown said the suspects were initially standing on the second floor landing, when the confrontation took place.

He said the trooper was not injured during the incident.

While the Tulsa Police Department initially responded to the scene, Capt. Brown said OHP assumed jurisdiction in the investigation because it involved a trooper.

A firearm apparently belonging to the suspects was found at the scene. Brown had no information about its make or model, and said he didn't know yet if the suspect(s) had fired at the trooper.

He could not give a description of the suspect who ran from the scene, except that he was white or Hispanic.

Brown did not release the names of any of the people involved.

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