Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary" (2024)

11:58 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary"

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin outlined the process that his department follows once there is an active shooter situation.

He said the activation occurs through the 911 system that alerts every city police officer.

"So when we get that call, we aregoing to disregard any safetymeasures that we might have forourselves and we are going to goin the building to deal with thethreat.Our philosophy is we will stopthe threat and we will do thatby any means necessary," he said.

Law enforcement "performed heroically, inmy opinion, and I cannot thankenough the response not onlyfrom our locals, but also fromthe FBI, the United StatesMarshals Service, the ATF," he added.

1:00 p.m. ET, June 2, 2022

2 doctors, receptionist and patient killed in Tulsa shooting, police say

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt and Amanda Watts

Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary" (1)

The victims of Wednesday's shooting in a Tulsa medical building include two doctors, a receptionist and a patient, police said.

"They were there for medicalservice.The doctor was there providingcare.They stood in the way.They stood in the way and [the suspect]gunned them down," Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said.

The victims were identified as Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, Amanda Glennand William Love.

"We are supposed to be the ones that are caring for others during tragedies like this. To think that our caregivers were the victims is just incomprehensible to me," said Dr. Ryan Parker, St. Francis Hospital's associate chief medical officer and emergency room physician.

"They died while serving others. They died in the line of duty," she said.

Parker said she was in the emergency room last night after the shooting.

Love, one of the victims, was a patient at the Warren Clinic, where the shooting occurred, Franklin said Thursday.

"To the family of Mr. Love, I'm so sorry we couldn't save you," Parker said through tears. "When I woke this morning, I really just wanted this to all be a bad dream, but this is the reality of our world right now."

Husenwas a doctor of osteopathic medicine.

Husen was "another one of the physicians that works in our orthopedic department," said Dr. Cliff Robertson, president and CEO of St. Francis Health System said. "Stephanie is just, was, an incredible person."

Getting emotional,Robertson said Phillips "was the consummate gentleman."

"He was, he is a man that we should all strive to emulate and of everybody, the fact that some individual would go after Dr. Phillips, is mind-blowing," Robertson said. "It is the ultimate loss for St. Francis and for Tulsa."

Glenn was a receptionist at the Warren Clinic, Franklin said during the news conference.

"The three best people in the entire world that are the most committed to doing what they do every day and taking care of others didn't deserve to die this way," Robertson said.

Update: This post has been updated with the correct identification for Amanda Glenn.

11:53 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Suspect killed doctor who performed back surgery on him in May, police chief says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary" (2)

During a news conference Thursday, Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said the shooting suspect who killed four on Wednesday in a medical building had recently undergone surgery performed by one of the victims, Dr. Preston Phillips.

"On May 19, Michael Louis went into the hospital for a back surgery," Franklin said.

Louis was released on May 24, but "right after release, Louis called several times over several days complaining of pain and wanted additional treatment," Franklin said.

"He blamed Dr. Phillips for the ongoing pain following the surgery," he said.

On May 31, Phillipssawthe suspect again for additionaltreatment, according to Franklin.Yesterday, the suspectcalled Phillips' officeagain "complaining of back painand wanting additionalassistance."

11:39 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Police say suspect intended to kill doctor "and anyonewho got in his way"

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin said that authorities found a letter written by the shooting suspect who killed four people at a medical building in the Oklahoma city.

"We have also found a letter onthe suspect which made it clearthat he came in with the intentto kill Dr. Phillips and anyonewho got in his way.He blamed Dr. Phillips for theongoing pain following thesurgery," Franklin said.

Police said that the suspect wentinto the hospital for a backsurgery on May 19, and the performing physician was Dr.PrestonPhillips.

The police chief also said that officials received a call from someone who told a 911 dispatcher that she was the suspect's wife and had killed people in the office.

"We received a callfrom the Cherokee CountySheriff's Office, and thatdispatcher told us a woman onthe line, whose name they didnot have, called saying that herhusband had killed severalpeople at Dr. Phillips' office.This would have been a half hourafter the event occurred," he said.

Franklin added that authorities have recovered multiple casings from the crime scene.

1:00 p.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Police release names of Tulsa shooting victims

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin just released the names of the victims from the Tulsa shooting.

They were identified as Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Husen, Amanda Glennand William Love.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Louis, Franklin said.

Update: This post has been updated with the correct identification for Amanda Glenn.

11:35 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Here's the timeline of events in the shooting provided by the Tulsa police

Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary" (3)

Tulsa police officials provided details on the timeline of how the Tulsa shooting unfolded on Wednesday.

On May 19, the gunman wentinto the hospital for a back surgery and he was released on May 24, said Chief Wendell Franklin. On May 31, he received additional treatment.

Here's how the rest of shooting unfolded, according to Franklin:

On June 1 at 2 p.m. local time, the gunman purchased an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle. He had previously purchased a 4.0-caliber semiautomatic handgun on May 29.

On June 1st at 4:52 p.m., athird party who was on a videochat, off location, with an on-location doctor, called 911,saying the doctor told her tocall 911, saying there has been ashooting.

At 4:53 p.m. police received a 911call about a shooter in abuilding.They continued to receivemultiple calls that were morespecific on the shooter being onthe second floor of the Nataliebuilding on the campus at St. Francis Hospital.

At 4:56 p.m., the first Tulsa police officers arrived. Officers entered the building onthe first floor and made theirway to the second floor based onthe information they received.

At this point, officers were calling out"Tulsa police," and advancingtoward the suspect location's when theyheard a gunshot, Wendell said. "We believe that was the finalgunshot with the suspect takinghis own life."

That gunshot was at 4:58 p.m., which wasabout 39 seconds afterthe first officers entered thebuilding, he noted.

11:17 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

NOW: Officials are giving an update on the Tulsa shooting

Officials in Tulsa are giving an update on the Wednesday shooting at a medical building that left four people dead.

TulsaPolice Chief Wendell Franklin, TulsaMayor G.T. Bynum and medical officials are expected to speak.

10:51 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

Assault-style weapon found on the scene was purchased on the day of the Tulsa shooting

From CNN's Shimon Prokupecz and Evan Perez

Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary" (4)

The assault-style weapon found on the scene of Wednesday’s shooting at a Tulsa medical building was purchased the day of the shooting, according to three federal sources briefed on the investigation.

The weapon was anAR-15style firearm, a source said.

A handgun, also found on the scene, was purchased on May 29, a source tells CNN.

On Wednesday, Tulsa Police Department Capt. RichardMeulenbergtold CNNthat officials found a semiautomatic rifle a semiautomatic pistol on the scene.

Four people were killed and at least 10 others were injured during a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building, a physician’s office facility on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa Police Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said.

10:29 a.m. ET, June 2, 2022

The Tulsa shooting came just 8 days after the Texas elementary school shooting

From CNN's Andy Rose, Amy Simonson andTravis Caldwell

Four people were killed in Tulsa on Wednesday after a gunman — who was later found dead —opened fireon the second floor of a medical building, authorities in Oklahoma said.

"It was just madness inside, with hundreds of rooms and hundreds of people trying to get out of the building," Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg told CNN.

The mass shooting is among the latest instances nationwide of first responders and civilians coming face-to-face with the threat ofgun violence in public places. It comes more than two weeks after aracist assaultat a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a bloody attack ata church in California; and eight days after a heartbreaking massacre at anelementary schoolin Uvalde, Texas.

Tulsa police chief says goal in active shooter situation is to stop threat "by any means necessary" (2024)

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