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Born August 25, 1946

Died April 16, 2021

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Born November 26, 1931

Died April 11, 2021

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Born February 11, 1933

Died April 10, 2021

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Born June 17, 1929

Died April 10, 2021

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Born February 3, 1936

Died April 9, 2021


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Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge has ruled that the four officers who shot and killed 17-year-old Farrah Rauch on Feb. 28 were legally justified in doing so.

Rauch aimed a firearm at two officers and fired at one during a foot chase after she and her 17-year-old partner had stolen a car and attempted to steal another one. Officers returned fire, and eventually Rauch fell to the ground.

As officers approached her, she did not respond to any commands, but leaned up on her side and aimed her weapon at a police officer, who fired five shots at her. Another officer fired five rounds, another fired three rounds and another fired two rounds, after which, Fauch laid down and died.

The officers acted properly within the scope of their jobs at the Muskogee Police Department, Loge ruled.