Oklahoma officer convicted murder, apparently trying to set himself on fire.
An Oklahoma City police officer has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of a man who was apparently trying to set himself on fire.
Keith Sweeney was found guilty of second-degree murder in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Officials said pigeon was suicidal and was holding lighter fluid, threatening to set himself on fire.
Sweeney has said he thought Pigeon had a knife. But officials said Pigeon was unarmed. Prosecutors argued that, even if Pigeon had had a knife, Sweeney wasn’t justified in shooting him.
The jury recommended that Sweeney spend 10 years in prison.
The Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police released the following statement:
“The OKC Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 123 is a professional police organization that represents members of the Oklahoma City Police Department. The OKC Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 123 Foundation supports projects and activities designed to honor Oklahoma City’s law enforcement officers, fosters community involvement, and aids families of officers who become ill or officers who make the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”