Legal

No charges filed against ONPD in death of man at Osage Casinos

PRESS RELEASE

Osage Nation Attorney General Office

Holli Wells, Attorney General

(918) 287-5514

Osage Nation, Pawhuska, Okla. (May 9, 2015)—The official findings of an incident that occurred on February 20, 2015, at the Osage Nation Casino located in Tulsa, OK ending in the death of Terry Price, will not result in any charges being filed according to District Attorney Rex Duncan.

Price, who was previously and indefinitely banned from all Osage Nation casino property, had entered the casino two times on February 20, 2015.  After returning for the second time, Terry Price was chased from the Casino when he resisted arrest and attempted to fight Osage Nation Police Department officers, Osage Casino security personnel, and an Osage County Sheriff Deputy.  “As a direct result of his actions he was tased but continued to resist the efforts of three personnel attempting to place him in handcuffs” by locking his fingers and keeping his hands under his body.  Once Mr. Price was cuffed, officers determined that his breathing was shallow and then secured a CPR barrier.  Osage County Deputy Barnett performed CPR while Osage Nation Police Officer Branscum assisted with chest compression until relieved by EMSA personnel.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation investigated the arrest of Price and determined “the actions of the Osage Nation Police Department Officer and Osage County Deputy were simply directed at getting Terry Price’s hands behind his back in order to place him in handcuffs.”  DA Rex Duncan stated that “the medical examiner’s report established Terry Price’s death was a sudden cardiac death associated with acute phencyclidine intoxication (PCP) and an enlarged heart.”  The District Attorney of Osage County determined the actions of the law enforcement personnel were appropriate and not considered to have contributed to Terry Price’s death.

Duncan furthered stated “the actions of the officers and deputies involved were reasonable and consistent with standard law enforcement training and no excessive force or inappropriate measures were exercised by Osage Nation Police Officer Branscum or Osage County Deputy Barnett and no charges will be considered.”