BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The Osage Nation Police Department says an early morning shooting at Osage Casino in Bartlesville did not involve law enforcement as preliminary reports indicated.
The Osage Nation confirms an individual was shot and killed this morning in the parking lot of the new Osage Casino in Bartlesville around 7:30.
ONPD says earlier reports that an Osage Nation Police Officer was responsible for this shooting are false.
In a statement, ONPD says, “We can confirm that an individual was shot and killed early this morning outside of the Osage Casino & Hotel in Bartlesville. Earlier reports that an Osage Nation Police Officer was responsible for this shooting are false. Neither the victim nor the suspect are tribal members; therefore, jurisdictional authority is under the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI). Osage Nation Police Department (ONPD) and Osage Casino & Hotel Security are fully cooperating with OSBI on this criminal investigation and will report all facts as soon as possible.”
The OSBI has now taken over the case and has not released details on the shooter.
Osage Casino also released a statement saying, “We can confirm there was an incident in the parking lot of Osage Casino & Hotel in Bartlesville early this morning resulting in one fatality. No casino employees were involved, and we are currently working with Osage Nation Police and the OSBI in their investigation. The safety of casino guests is of the highest importance. The casino hotel remains open as the investigation continues. We send our thoughts and sympathy to the family of the victim.”