One person killed in officer involved shooting

Updated on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.

A few more details are being released in the officer-involved shooting in Guthrie that took place on Saturday evening.

Police say an officer was in the area of Walnut and Mansur Ave. (near the Armory) for an erratic driver when the officer spotted an altercation between a man and a woman.

“There was a man standing over a female. The male held what appeared to be a very large knife, perhaps a machete,” Police Chief Don Sweger said outside the crime scene.

Police say the suspect, Jason Alan Birt, 27, of Guthrie, squared off with the officer after being ordered multiple times to drop the weapon.

Birt died at the scene.

The female in the altercation, believed to be an ex-girlfriend, may have suffered cuts in the scuffle.

In September 2017, Birt was charged with four crimes, including burglary and domestic assault and battery. He was given a $15,000 bond and was ordered not to have contact with the female victim and child. The next day the female filed a protective order against Birt, but was dropped two weeks later in court by the female.

The police officer has been placed on routine administrative leave.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, who is investigating the shooting, is expected to have more on this case later today.

Original article on March 31, 2018

One person has been shot and killed on Guthrie’s east side in an officer involved shooting.

Officers are in the 500 block of N. Walnut.

The shooting took place just before 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Guthrie detectives and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations are now on the scene.

The victim’s family members have left the scene after being notified of the situation.

There is no additional information to pass along at this time.


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