(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / 04-12-2018) — The criminal and administrative investigations of an Officer Involved Shooting that occurred on March 28, 2018, have been completed. Stillwater Police Officers Micheal Casteel and Trevor Meridith; eight and nine year veterans of the department; respectively, have both been cleared in the incident and have returned to work.
At 8:15pm on the evening of March 28, 2018, William John Dominguez, a 31 year old Stillwater resident, called 911 stating that he was suicidal. In that call Dominguez told the 911 dispatcher that he had a knife and a gun in his possession. He also told the dispatcher he was going to jump into traffic. Dominguez stated he was walking south on the sidewalk on North Boomer Road as he talked with the dispatcher. The 911 call lasted almost ten minutes as the dispatcher talked with Dominguez in an attempt to deescalate and resolve his crisis. As the conversation was taking place on the phone officers were responding to the area to try and locate Dominguez.
The two responding officers observed a male subject walking south on the east sidewalk of the 1300 block of North Boomer Road. The officers approached the man they saw walking to find out if he was the caller. As the officers approached the man he pulled a pistol and a knife from his pants posing an immediate deadly threat to the officers as well as any pedestrians, traffic and apartment occupants in the immediate vicinity. In response to the deadly threat both officers shot Dominguez to stop his actions. Dominguez was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the officers were injured in the incident.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) was asked to conduct the criminal investigation into the officer involved shooting. Their case was presented to the Payne County District Attorney who determined the use of deadly force in this incident was justified, appropriate and necessary. The Stillwater P.D. administrative review of the incident also determined the officers responded appropriately to the threat and their use of lethal force was justified and in accordance with department policy.
Stillwater P.D. had only one previous contact, on March 19, 2018, with William Dominguez. That call was an Emergency Detention after receiving a call requesting assistance with Mr. Dominguez due to him having suicidal ideations. Dominguez initiated that request for assistance through another party. He was taken into protective custody without incident on that date and taken for a medical evaluation.
Cpt. Kyle Gibbs
(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / 03-28-2018) — At 8:15pm this evening Stillwater Police responded to check the welfare of a subject who called 911 indicating he suicidal. The caller also stated he was armed with a gun and a knife. The caller told the dispatcher he was walking south from an apartment complex on north Boomer Road and that he was going to jump out in front of traffic. Two officers observed a male subject walking south on the east sidewalk of the 1300 block of north Boomer Road. The officers approached the man they saw walking to find out if he was the caller. As the officers approached the man he produced a pistol and a knife. Both of the officers fired their weapons and the man was shot. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the officers were injured in the incident.
The subject’s identity is unknown at the time of this release. He is a Caucasian male in his thirties.
Stillwater P.D. has requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigate the shooting.
Cpt. Kyle Gibbs