Tulsa Civic Center PlazaGunman shot on courthouse steps had brother who was killed by police
A man wounded in a dramatic gun battle with sheriff’s deputies yesterday had a brother who was shot and killed by police 2005. Andrew Dennehy, 23, allegedly fired a handgun into the air in a crowded plaza outside Tulsa County District Court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, yesterday afternoon, sparking a shootout. Dennehy, a sheriff’s deputy and a bystander were wounded as shots rang out.
The motive behind Dennehy’s apparently suicidal decision to start shooting at a civic centre which is also the location of Tulsa’s police department is still unknown. Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham said: ‘Clearly “suicide by cop” may enter into it.
‘Anytime someone goes to a location where you know law enforcement is going to be present and takes out a weapon and fires shots, you have to know you’re going to garner attention.’
Dennehy’s brother, Brian Dennehy, was shot and killed in August 2005 after allegedly firing at an officer in the car park of a Tulsa apartment complex, Mr Willingham said. Police said at the time that he was wanted on suspicion of beating to death his grandfather, Bernard Dennehy, in Oklahoma City.
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