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Oklahoma DA determines officer justified in shooting biker

January 26, 2019

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma district attorney has determined a police officer was justified when he shot a motorcyclist who authorities say had pointed a handgun at the officer.

The Norman Transcript reports Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn in a Jan. 17 letter said the actions of Noble police Sgt. Joshua Lesher were appropriate under the law.

Lesher stopped 38-year-old Layland Ted Lewis Jr. on Dec. 18 because his passenger appeared to be underage and not wearing protective gear.

Lesher told investigators that Lewis gave him a false identity and as Lesher was about to place him in handcuffs Lewis pulled a handgun from his jacket and pointed it at the sergeant.

Lesher pulled his own gun and shot Lewis three times. He was later released from a hospital. Lesher was not hurt.

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