There is a Muskogee Police officer-involved shooting on the east side, near East Side Boulevard, according to several law enforcement sources.
No more specific details are yet available, but we will update as soon as they are.
Darnell Cox, 32, is alleged to have been attempting to set his mother on fire, according to a law enforcement source. Officers responded, and Cox allegedly tried to throw a firebomb onto an officer and was shot in the attempt.
Neighbors report that he was “crazy” and “a danger to the entire neighborhood.”
UPDATE 11:59 P.M.: The police have released the following statement:
On Wednesday, September 04, 2019 at approximately 2056 hours Muskogee Police Officers were dispatched to the convenience store located at 1030 East Side Boulevard in Muskogee in reference to a suspect shoplifting a lighter and lighter fluid. Officers arrived on scene at approximately 2059 hours and found that the suspect had also allegedly tried to set a child’s bicycle on fire.
Officers determined that the suspect was possibly at 1205 East Side Boulevard. When the officers knocked on the front door of that residence the suspect threw a lighted substance at the glass front door from inside the house. Officers immediately surrounded the house and made contact with a female subject that was also inside. The suspect threw another lighted incendiary device into the face of the female inside the house as the officers were trying to make contact. At that moment one officer fired several rounds from his department issued handgun. At least two rounds struck the suspect. The suspect was transported to St. Francis Muskogee with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.
Three officers were on scene at the time of the incident and they all have been placed on routine administrative leave with pay pending the investigation. The names of the officers involved and the suspect will be released at a later date.