CRAIG COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal shooting in which a trooper shot and killed a passenger during a traffic stop Thursday morning.
The trooper pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation at 8:56 a.m. on the eastbound side of the Will Rogers Turnpike at mile marker 285 in Craig County, according to an OHP news release. This is just east of the main line toll plaza.
“The trooper brought the female driver back to his patrol unit to speak with her. The trooper then went back to the vehicle and began speaking with the male passenger,” the news release said. After the male got out and there was a brief encounter, the male reentered the passenger's side door and was exiting again when the trooper fired one time and struck the passenger.
The male passenger, identified as Robert D'Lon Harris, 34, of Tulsa. Harris was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Vinita, Oklahoma, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
A loaded semi-automatic pistol and drugs were located while processing the scene, according to a statement from OHP late Thursday night.
Authorities have not released the name of the trooper, who is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.