Geraldine Townsend, 72

Bartlesville, Oklahoma
January 17, 2018

Agencies: Bartlesville Police Department Oklahoma | Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Cause of death: Shooting

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72 year-old Geraldine Townsend was shot and killed while four Bartlesville police officers were taking her son Michael Livingston into custody Wednesday night, January 17, 2018. Police said they heard a popping noise. 

"This all happened rather quickly," said Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings.  

Officers said that popping sound was Geraldine Townsend shooting at officers with a high-powered pellet gun, hitting one in the leg, and one in the face. 

The officer hit in the face fired back at Townsend. 

"At this point, it appears he fired one round," Hastings said.  

72-year-old Townsend died in the hospital.

On January 30, 2018, police released bodycam video of the shooting (embedded below).

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