Muskogee Police Officer Chansey McMillin has been cleared by District Attorney Larry Moore of any wrongdoing in the July 9 shooting of Muskogee man Angel Cerda at Broadway and 30th Streets.
During the event, two brothers, Angel and Mariano Cerda were alleged to be fighting. The fight had involved a third man, Caesar Pena, leaving him with a severe laceration on the back of his neck.
Both of the brothers were covered in blood when McMillin reached the scene, so McMillin drew his service weapon and ordered the men to separate and stop fighting. Mariano Cerda complied, but Angel Cerda did not.
Three police officers gave repeated orders to Cerda to drop his knife, but he refused and lunged at officer Nicholas Ford.
Ford Tazered Cerda and McMillin fired two rounds, striking Cerda in the thigh areas of both legs. Cerda dropped the knife and fell to the ground, but still refused to comply with officers.
He grabbed his knife again, leading Ford to reactivate his Taser and McMillin to fire a third round, this one strking Cerda in the torso. Cerda did not stop resisting, but the officers were finally able to subdue him. Cerda was treated at a Tulsa hospital and released to Muskogee police the next day.
Cerda told police officers he was trying to get the police to kill him.
Moore said McMillin should not only be cleared, but he should be commended for using his potentially lethal service weapon in a manner to preserve the life of the perpetrator.