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OSBI Seal  Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Stan Florence

Jessica Brown
Public Information Director


07/11/11                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           


Agents Investigate In-Custody Death in Creek County

The Creek County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI open a case involving the in-custody death of Matthew Kelley (d.o.b. 6/2/84). Deputies were called to 6302 S. 42 West Avenue in Tulsa (Creek County) on a disturbance just before 8 o’clock Sunday night. Kelley lived at the residence and next door to several family members including his uncle. His uncle had an active victim’s protection order against Kelley. The uncle told deputies Kelley was harassing him and his wife.

The two deputies on the scene attempted to arrest Kelley for violation of the protection order when Kelley ran inside his house. Kelley refused to comply with the deputies’ many commands. One of the deputies deployed his taser. The tase did not result in compliance. The deputies then put Kelley on the ground and tried to handcuff him but Kelley continued to fight. He was again tased during the struggle and OC spray was used by authorities. A third deputy arrived on the scene to help handcuff the suspect. After Kelley was handcuffed, he continued to fight with deputies and had to be carried to the patrol car.

One deputy transported Kelley to the hospital in Sapulpa since Kelley had blood on his body – possibly belonging to a deputy. Upon arrival to the hospital, the deputy found Kelley dead in the back of his patrol car just before 9 o’clock.

The medical examiner has possession of Kelley’s body and will determine the cause/manner of death.

OSBI is collecting information and evidence on this case and will present findings to the district attorney.