Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 15, 2017
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: over 5 years ago
Early Wednesday morning, officers found Pigeon holding a bottle of lighter fluid in his left hand and a lighter in his right hand, Oklahoma City police report. As officers approached, he began pouring the lighter fluid on himself and tried to light the lighter as officers ordered him to the ground.
Pigeon reportedly ignored the commands and officer Troy Nitzky, a two-year veteran, fired a single round from his bean bag shotgun. Shortly after, Sgt. Keith Sweeney, a nine-year veteran, fired several rounds from his firearm, striking and killing Pigeon.
Sweeney was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.
Capt. Bo Mathews, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said Pigeon was considered a danger to the officers and others as he was attempting to light the lighter fluid.
On Tuesday December 5, 2017, Oklahoma City police officer Keith Patrick Sweeney, 32, was charged with second-degree murder in Oklahoma County District Court. District Attorney David Prater filed the charge himself Tuesday morning.