- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma County district attorney has cleared a police officer in the shooting death of a homeless man on a city street.

The Oklahoman reports (https://bit.ly/29WDqEB ) that District Attorney David Prater wrote that Sgt. Steve Helmer had “no viable option” but to shoot Derek Prophet on May 25.

Police say Prophet was among a group of homeless men loitering near an intersection and that Helmer and another officer told the group to take their belongings and move along, but Prophet refused.

A grainy video of the shooting from a nearby restaurant shows Prophet then lunged at Helmer and the officer shot him. Prophet then stepped away before collapsing and dying.

Police say Prophet had a knife in his hand.

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