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‘Physical struggle’ occurred prior to Oklahoma trooper fatally shooting truck driver, police say

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Officials have released a few new details on a trooper-involved shooting that left a truck driver dead near Stroud, Oklahoma, on Wednesday.

The shooting took place on Wednesday morning on the eastbound Turner Turnpike at mile marker 183 in Creek County.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper conducted a traffic stop on a semi truck.

The trooper then requested assistance from a canine unit.

“A physical struggle ensued roadside and continued into the cab of the truck. The driver attempted to drive away with the trooper still engaged in a physical confrontation with him. At approximately 8:35, the trooper advised the communications center shots had been fired,” Oklahoma DPS said.

The truck driver died at the scene. His identity hasn’t yet been released pending notification of family.

The Creek County District Attorney will spearhead the investigation into the trooper-involved shooting.

It still isn’t clear why the truck driver was initially pulled over or what led to the physical altercation.

The trooper involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave.

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