Osage Nation fires officer who was involved in fatal accident

Police officers from the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. Photo from Facebook

The Osage Nation of Oklahoma fired a police officer who was involved in a fatal accident.

Cory Stewart was off-duty when his police vehicle struck and killed 55-year-old Shawn Watashe on May 1. Watashe was a member of the Muscogee Nation and was Euchee, The Bigheart Times reported.

“In the early evening of May 12th, 2015, the Osage Nation Police Department received and reviewed the Tulsa Police Department’s Official Report regarding the incident occurring on the evening of May 1st, 2015, wherein Osage Nation Police Officer Cory Stewart’s duty vehicle struck Shawn Rex Watashe in Tulsa County," Osage Nation Attorney General Holli Wells said in a statement. "Chief of Police Nick Williams, confirms that Stewart has been terminated from the Osage Nation Police Department,”

Stewart joined the tribe's police force a little over a year ago, the Times reported. He had been on administrative leave since the incident.

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