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August 22, 2007

Public due more information on Noble police shooting

The lingering pain from the Noble police shooting accident that killed a 5-year-old boy more than two weeks ago remains numbing for family and friends of all involved.

We include the police officers in that pain and all agree it was a terrible set of circumstances. The Noble police's continued lack of information, however, is exacerbating that pain.

We requested an official copy of the radio transmission days after an officer, apparently with the blessing of a supervisor, shot at a snake dangling from a birdhouse. Three unnamed officers have been suspended.

The one-page copy provided the newspaper had 72 entries marked through with a black pen. Additionally, there were no radio log entries for about two and a half hours after the shooting. At our request, the city's attorney was looking into the issue Tuesday afternoon.

On the advice of our own attorney, we later requested and were denied an unredacted copy and the actual audio from the radio transmission. Noble officials said the material had been turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI has now completed its investigation. Their report goes to District Attorney Greg Mashburn.

Families will have to deal with the loss forever. It's beyond time for the Noble police to be more forthcoming with their released information. The public has a right to know more about the tragic set of circumstances that unfolded on that summer afternoon.

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