Oklahoma City officer charged with murder goes on trial

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This undated photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office shows Oklahoma City police Sgt. Keith Sweeney. The trial of the Oklahoma City police officer accused of fatally shooting a suicidal man who doused himself in lighter fluid and was trying to set himself on fire is scheduled to get underway. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, for Sweeney. (Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of an Oklahoma City police officer who fatally shot a suicidal man who was apparently trying to set himself on fire.

Sgt. Keith Sweeney is charged with second-degree murder in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Jury selection began Monday.

The 34-year-old Sweeney was among officers who responded to reports of a suicidal person and found Pigeon doused in lighter fluid and threatening to set himself on fire in a courtyard.

Prosecutors say Sweeney shot Pigeon after another officer fired a bean bag to no effect. An affidavit says Pigeon was unarmed and did not pose a threat when he was shot.

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