WARNING: The video above depicts the death of a man. It is by nature graphic.
Muskogee Police have released three videos depicting the fatal shooting of a suspect on Monday inside the I Don’t Care Bar and Grill on Shawnee Bypass. The suspect, Andrew Kana, was wanted on violent felony warrants and attempted to pull a pistol on Sgt. Ron Yates, according to the police. Yates fired his own pistol three times into Kana’s chest area.
Kana died at the scene.
Kana was previously convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He was in the restaurant, meeting with a woman he was accused of attempting to strangle on November 1. In addition to the pistol police found on him, they found a spare magazine in his left hip pocket.
Police went to the location after the woman’s ex-husband told them Kana was meeting there with her. Police were not told that Kana might have been carrying a weapon. Yates arrived first and placed Kana’s left hand into a pair of cuffs, at which point Kana “bladed his body to the right, concealing his right hand behind his right hip,” according to the police statement. “Sgt. Yates because concerned he was reaching for a weapon, so he drew his gun while maintaining a grip on the handcuff attached to Kana’s left arm.”
According to police, Kana told Yates, “You’re going to have to take me out.” Kana is then alleged to have reached behind his right hip and pulled a Glock .380 pistol, swinging it up toward Yates. Yates fired three shots and Kana fell to the floor.
The police department is investigating the case, and will turn over a report and all evidence to District Attorney Orvil Loge, who will determine whether the shooting was justified. Three videos were provided to MuskogeeNOW.com, but the excerpt above contains the relevant portion. Out of respect to the family of Kana and to the officers and other patrons at the restaurant, we are only posting that video.