Son Suspected by Cops of Selling Drugs Out of Home

By THOMAS E. SEWARD Special to the Chronicle

BARTLESVILLE--A Bartlesville police officer shouted at a 72-year-old mother of a drug-trafficking suspect to put down a gun during a marijuana raid before she was fatally shot, a video released by law enforcement officials reveals.

Bartlesville officers said the woman fired a pellet gun at officers during the Jan. 17 drug raid, striking one in the leg and another in the face.

Then, one of the officers shot the woman, identified as 72-year-old Geraldine Townsend, the officers said.

The officers have not been identified.

Police raided the residence after the police department received allegations that the woman’s 50-year-old son, Michael Anthony Livingston, was distributing marijuana from the home.

Mr. Livingston and Mrs. Townsend lived in the home, in the 1600 block of S. Maple Avenue.

Earlier that week, police said they arrested one of a person they believed to be one of Mr. Livingston’s customers during a traffic stop.

The video was taken from a camera worn by one of the officers. Police served a search warrant at about 9:30 p.m., the video shows, and knocked three times, saying each time they were policemen...To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper