The man shot by a Sapulpa Police Officer on Friday morning has been identified as 38-year-old Michael Collins, according to Captain Glenn Coffey.
Coffey told Sapulpa Times that at roughly 11:05 am, they received a call from Greenhill Funeral Home about a man who was suicidal. Coffey said the man told the woman at the funeral home that he “wanted to die, but didn’t want to do it himself.”
An officer responded to the scene and confronted the man at South Heights Cemetery. According to police, Collins began approaching the officer with a knife. Coffey said the officer began retreating backwards at first, and when the man did not stop, the officer shot one round into the man’s torso.
The man was transported to the hospital by ambulance, where he later died. The officer was unharmed, and per protocol, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by OSBI.
Captain Coffey confirmed that the officer’s bodycam had broken a few days prior and was not functioning at the time of the incident.