• Search

Two Midwest City Cops Cleared In Fatal, Officer-Involved Shooting Of Armed Woman

Midwest City, OK – Authorities announced that a thorough investigation has cleared two Midwest City police officers of any criminal wrongdoing in the fatal, officer-involved shooting of a senior citizen that occurred last month after the woman called 911 and reported a domestic disturbance.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Oct 18 when Midwest City police officers responded to a home in the 9600-block of Sonata Court for a report of a domestic incident, KFOR reported.

Police said the 911 caller told the police dispatcher that she had had a confrontation with her husband and needed officers to respond to her home.

When officers arrived on the scene, they were met at the front door by the female caller, KFOR reported.

Officials said that after a moment, officers realized the woman was holding a gun in her hand.

Officers ordered the woman to drop the weapon but she ignored their commands, according to officials.

Police said the suspect next pointed her handgun directly at the officers as if to shoot them.

And that was when Midwest City Police Sergeant Bobby Harris and Midwest City Police Officer Van Ninh both opened fire her, KFOR reported.

Officials later identified the suspect as 69-year-old Wilma Taft.

Officers immediately began to administer First Aid to the wounded suspect until EMS arrived and took over the efforts, KFOR reported.

Then Taft was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

She died at the hospital, according to the authorities.

Sgt. Harris and Officer Ninh were placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation into the officer-involved shooting was conducted, KFOR reported.

That is protocol for all officer-involved shootings.

On Nov. 8, both authorities announced that the two law enforcement officers had been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the incident following a thorough investigation, KFOR reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

View all articles
Written by Sandy Malone


Sign up to our daily newsletter so you don't miss out on the latest events surrounding law enforcement!

Follow Me

Follow us on social media and be sure to mark us as "See First."