Dashcam video shows police shooting during drunk driving stop

Published 9:29 am Friday, February 6, 2015

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has released video from a police cruiser’s dashboard camera showing a recent officer-involved shooting in the small town of Dover, Oklahoma.

About 5:45 p.m. on January 30, the chief of the Dover Police Department stopped Steven Andrew Smith, 37, of El Reno, Oklahoma on suspicion of DUI. A Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office deputy provided backup. 

Though the incident remains under investigation by the OSBI, the video appears to confirm police accounts that Smith, after exiting his car, was armed with a knife he had concealed in the sleeve of his jacket.

After repeatedly ordering Smith to drop the knife, the Kingfisher County deputy fired his weapon when Smith took yet another step toward the officers, who had already retreated into oncoming traffic from the side of U.S. 81 where the stop was made.

Smith was hit twice in the chest. The El Reno man was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Kingfisher County and then medi-flighted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where KOCO reports he is still recovering.