UPDATE: Officer-Involved Shooting

Date of Press Release: 
Fri, 04/13/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

Norman police investigators presented the evidence associated with the March 25 shooting of Ronnie Lewis Miller III by Lieutenant Clay Bolin and Master Police Officer Chris Allison to the District Attorney’s Office on April 11.

In a letter dated April 13, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn determined the use of force to be justified and appropriate under the law after reviewing investigative reports, body camera footage, witness statements and other documents.

Lieutenant Clay Bolin and Master Police Officer Chris Allison have been released from administrative assignment.

Ronnie Lewis Miller III remains in critical but stable condition under the care of OU Medical personnel.


 

Initial Release: NPD Investigates Officer-Involved Shooting

 

Investigators have identified the subject shot by police as 31-year-old Ronnie Lewis Miller III (DOB: 03/04/1987). Miller was transported by EMSSTAT to OU Medical Center for two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the abdominal area. He remains in critical condition under the care of OU Medical personnel.

On March 25, Norman police responded to the 2600 block of Van Buren Street in reference to a welfare check on Miller. Officers located Miller in a small field adjacent to an office building. The initial request for a welfare check was reported to the Norman Police Department by an immediate family member of Miller. The family member reported being in fear of Miller due to recent threats of violence. They also reported that Miller was believed to have a firearm in his possession. When officers contacted Miller, he was not cooperative and visibly agitated.

Officers worked to negotiate with the subject for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, pleading with the subject to surrender and not reach for a firearm that was clearly visible to officers. Despite ongoing negotiations, Miller is seen on the in-car camera reaching into his waistband and pulling out a firearm. He turns to the side to adjust the firearm before turning back and pointing the firearm toward officers. Two officers fired their weapons simultaneously striking Miller in the chest and abdomen. 

The two officers involved in the incident are Lieutenant Clay Bolin and Master Police Officer Chris Allison. Lieutenant Bolin has served with the Norman Police Department since August 14, 1992. MPO Allison has served with the Norman Police Department since October 31, 2011. Lieutenant Bolin and MPO Allison remain on routine administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.