Suspect identified in shooting identified

POTEAU--The suspect in Tuesday morning’s officer-involved shooting in Poteau at the E-Z Mart has been identified as Jaquan Derrick Diijon Thompson, 27, who was shot and killed at the E-Z Mart on North Broadway this morning.

He was holding a knife to the 44-year-old female clerk’s throat, refusing to drop it and release her when asked by law enforcement. A Poteau police officer and LeFlore County Sheriff’s deputy both responded to the 9-1-1 call. Each fired one shot and Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is asking for information about Thompson’s relatives. If you are family or know his family, please call the Poteau Police Department at (918) 647-8620 or contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or

The clerk and involved law enforcement are uninjured.

The E-Z Mart was locked off with police tape Tuesday morning as law officials processed the scene. 

OSBI said that at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, the dispatch center in Poteau received a 911 call about a male suspect holding a female store clerk at knifepoint.

A friend of the clerk at the store is the one who called 911. 

The Poteau police officer and deputy responded. The OSBI said the Poteau officer entered the store from the front and saw Thompson holding the clerk at knifepoint. Thompson was ordered to drop the knife and release the woman, but refused to do so.

The officer fired one shot at the suspect, who ducked behind the counter with the clerk still at knifepoint.

The deputy then entered the store when the shot was fired and saw the suspect with the clerk behind the counter. She was still at knifepoint and they were struggling, OSBI said.

The deputy fired one shot.

Emergency medical services responded to the scene. Thompson was found dead.

The OSBI said once a report is complete, it will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review. The names of the deputy and officer involved are not being released by OSBI.

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