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MUSKOGEE — The shooting of a man armed with a knife by a Muskogee police officer has been deemed legally justified.

On August 7, officer James Moore, 27, encountered Sean Ellis, 44, near S 33rd  Street and Okmulgee Avenue after being flagged down by a resident who said he had seen a man acting strangely and appeared to be armed.

Ellis repeatedly refused to obey the officer’s verbal commands and later pulled a large knife from his waistband. Moore shot Ellis three times as Ellis began walking toward the officer with the knife, according to a news release. Ellis was taken to a Tulsa hospital, where he remained Thursday afternoon.

On Friday, Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge said Moore’s actions were legally justified and that Moore lawfully fired his handgun as Ellis “committed assault on a police officer” as he approached Moore with the knife in his hand.

Ellis faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and attempted escape from lawful detention.