Black Man Is Involved
TULSA–The state multicounty grand jury indicted a white Tulsa police officer in the shooting of a Black man during a March traffic stop.
Grand jurors returned the indictment earlier this month charging Aaron Russell, 29, with a misdemeanor: reckless conduct with a firearm.
The maximum punishment for the offense is six months in the county jail and a $500 fine.
“I was completely shocked by that,” his attorney, Scott Wood, said of the indictment. “He did everything related to this incident pursuant to his training.”
Officer Russell is accused in the misdemeanor charge of discharging a handgun multiple times without justifiable cause toward a vehicle operated by Michael Devon Delaney.
Grand jurors chose not to indict Officer Russell on the more serious felony charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Police reported in March that Mr. Delaney suddenly accelerated March 21 while an officer was partially in the vehicle trying to get him out.
Police reported the officer fired his service weapon and Delaney was struck in the arm.
Police also reported in March that officers saw what appeared to be a pistol in the vehicle. Police later determined it was a BB gun.
Officer Russell is away from the police department on military leave until next August, his attorney said.
“We’ll see what happens,” the lawyer remarked.
Mr. Delaney pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor of obstructing an officer during the traffic stop March 21 and other crimes from 2019.
Presenting the evidence to the grand jury that led to the indictment was Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler.