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Five Oklahoma City Police Officers Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Teenager

15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez holds up his hands moments before being shot 13 times and killed by Oklahoma City police in November 2020.

Five Oklahoma City police officers were charged with first-degree manslaughter Wednesday for shooting and killing an unarmed teenager in November.

15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez allegedly tried to rob a gas station but the store clerk locked him inside and escaped.

Police body cameras and surveillance video show Rodriguez climbing out of a window after the store was surrounded by police. Multiple officers gave Rodriguez different commands.

Rodriguez lifted his shirt to show his waistline, dropped his gun on the ground and then lowered his hands to his waist. That’s when police shot him.

Charging documents filed by the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office claim the police did not need to fire lethal rounds. An autopsy found the teen was shot 13 times.

Officers Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton were the officers charged with first-degree manslaughter. A sixth officer — Sarah Carli — fired less lethal rounds and isn’t facing charges.


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Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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