• Dennis McCaslin

OSBI, Poteau police investigating pre-dawn shooting that left one dead Saturday morning


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation along with the Poteau Police Department are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning.


According to a PPD press release, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Carter Street in the city limits of Poteau on a call of an individual being shot.


On arrival, patrol officers located Joshua James Michael Smith. 39, of Poteau on the front steps of a residence and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Smith was transported by Leflore County EMS to Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, where he later died.


Poteau Police Department Investigators, the OSBI , and the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner all responded to the scene.


The investigation is ongoing.




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