- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A Norman police officer who shot and wounded an armed man last month has been cleared of wrongdoing by the department.

Officer Cody Adkins was cleared Thursday by the department’s internal board of review and returned to full duty. The board determined Adkins “complied with the department’s policy, procedure, mission and values” and his use of force was “justified and appropriate under the law,” according to a news release.

Officers were called Aug. 28 on a report of an armed man who was threatening to kill people, the Norman Transcript (https://bit.ly/1Oyp8bZ ) reported. Police came in contact with Raymond Lee Smith Jr., 70, who placed a gun in his mouth and asked officers to shoot him, court records show.

Smith told a detective that he made a movement with the gun that he knew would cause officers to shoot him. Smith said he had been drinking heavily and wanted to die but couldn’t kill himself due to religious reasons.

He faces a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor charges of carrying a firearm while under the influence and reckless conduct with a firearm.

“It is worthy to note that the officer who fired the shot made the following comment shortly after the shot occurred: ‘Why did he have to point that gun at me?’” the affidavit of probable cause states.

Smith was shot once, rending him incapacitated, and transported to a hospital in Oklahoma City. No other injuries were reported.

Adkins has been a member of the Norman Police Department since October 2013.


Information from: The Norman Transcript, https://www.normantranscript.com

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