Man shot dead by LeFlore County deputy while holding clerk at knifepoint

Published: 06/11/2019, 10:26 AM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(POTEAU, Okla.) UPDATE: The suspect in Tuesday morning’s officer-involved shooting in Poteau has been identified. Jaquan Derrick Diijon Thompson, 27 years old, was shot and killed at the E-Z Mart on N. Broadway this morning. He was holding a knife to the 44-year-old female clerk’s throat, refusing to drop it and release her when asked by law enforcement. A Poteau police officer and LeFlore County Sheriff’s deputy both responded to the 9-1-1 call. Each fired one shot and Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is asking for information about Thompson’s relatives. If you are family or know his family, please call the Poteau Police Department at (918) 647-8620 or contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or ORIGINAL STORY: The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at the E-Z Mart Convenience Store located at 1200 N. Broadway Street in Poteau early Tuesday morning. What follows is what is known at this time: • At 4:45 a.m. the dispatch center in Poteau received a 9-1-1 call that a male was holding the female store clerk at knifepoint. • A Poteau police officer and LeFlore County sheriff’s deputy were dispatched to the store. • The Poteau police officer entered the store from the front and saw the suspect holding the clerk at knifepoint. • The officer ordered the suspect to drop the knife and release the clerk, which he refused to do. • The officer fired one shot at the suspect who ducked behind the counter with the clerk still at knifepoint. • The sheriff’s deputy entered the store when the shot was fired and saw the suspect with the clerk behind the counter; she was still at knifepoint and they were struggling. • The deputy fired one shot. • EMTs responded to the scene and found the suspect deceased. • The clerk is physically unharmed. • A friend of the clerk’s that was at the E-Z Mart when the incident began placed the 9-1-1- call. The Oklahoma Office of the State Medical Examiner is on the scene to assist with identifying the suspect. The investigation is ongoing. Next steps: The OSBI investigation is ongoing. Once it is complete, a report will be written and submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review. This update is based on an ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as the OSBI interviews witnesses and collects evidence. The OSBI’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional witnesses are interviewed and additional evidence is collected and analyzed. There is no additional information to release at this time.


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