A shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Osage Casino & Hotel in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Tuesday morning, resulting in the death of one person. The incident took place at around 5 a.m. when a tribal police officer attempted to remove the victim from a vehicle, but was unsuccessful. The victim then tried to drive away with the officer holding on to the vehicle, leading to the fatal shooting.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is currently handling the case, in collaboration with the Osage Nation Police Department and Osage Casino & Hotel security staff. There is also a possible suspect in the case, but it is unclear whether the individual is in custody or will be charged.
Initial reports suggested that a tribal police officer was responsible for the shooting, but police later clarified that neither the victim nor the suspect are tribal members, nor are they casino employees. The victim’s identity has not been disclosed.
The OSBI is gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses at the scene of the crime. The casino has assured that the safety of its guests is of the utmost importance and that the hotel remains open as the investigation continues.
This incident comes just days after the opening of the new Osage Casino & Hotel Bartlesville, which replaced a previous casino in the area. The new property offers slot machines, table games, a restaurant, a 102-room hotel, and a banquet area for special events.
In addition to the shooting, there was also a separate incident at the casino complex over the weekend, where someone was stabbed. No updates were provided on the condition of the victim. The series of events have drawn attention to the safety and security measures at the casino.