Video Released Of Now-Indicted Cop Taking Out Active Shooter

Michael Ann Godsey fired at her mother, an innocent bystander, and multiple police officers before she was fatally shot.

Blackwell, OK – Dashcam footage has been released in the case of an Oklahoma police lieutenant who has been indicted for murder for killing an active shooter (video below).

The incident that led to the officer-involved shooting began at approximately 3 a.m. on May 20, 2019, when Blackwell police received reports that someone was firing a gun in the 1300-block of South Main, KFOR reported.

At least one of the rounds had struck a vehicle.

While officers responded to the scene, the dispatch center received additional calls that someone in a white pickup was firing rounds at several locations around Blackwell.

Dashcam footage showed a Blackwell police officer as he arrived in the area and stopped to ask a woman if she had heard any gunfire.

She confirmed that she heard gunshots about two minutes prior.

“She’s got a gun,” the woman told the officer, referring to a woman she had been trying to speak with before he pulled up.

“Did she fire it?” the officer asked.

“Yeah,” the woman responded.

She then asked the officer to “please back up and get behind us,” the video showed.

“I don’t want her to…” the woman added, her voice trailing off.

Just then, the armed woman she was talking about – later identified as 34-year-old Michael Ann Godsey – ordered the officer to “get to where I can see you,” the video showed.

As the officer calmly radioed for additional units, a shot rang out.

The officer drew his weapon as the female witness repeatedly told him to “get down.”

“She was going to shoot me earlier,” the witness warned him.

The officer yelled to Godsey to put her gun down, but she refused.

“You first!” she retorted. “You need to get back in your car. Let me get on down the road…You ain’t putting me in jail, bubba.”

The officer repeatedly tried to speak with Godsey to convince her to drop her weapon as he simultaneously tried to get the second woman to drive away to safety.

“I don’t want to move,” the witness told him. “I don’t want you to get hurt.”

“Don’t worry about me,” he assured her.

During the standoff that ensued, the officer tried desperately to calm the armed woman and to convince her to surrender.

“You don’t want to do this,” he said.

“Oh yes I do!” she responded. “Because you guys suck.”

Godsey, who was inside the white Ford F-150 pickup, opened fire a moment later, the video showed.

“I’ve got a house with kids for my backstop,” the officer radioed.

“Alright, I ain’t got time for this,” Godsey finally declared as she started the pickup’s ignition.

Additional shots rang out as the suspect sped away from the scene.

The officer confirmed that he “exchanged two rounds with her,” and that she was carrying a black, semi-automatic handgun.

Godsey led the officer on a slow-speed chase as additional officers raced to the area.

The shooter fired multiple more rounds as at least one other patrol vehicle joined the chase.

Moments later, Blackwell Police Lieutenant John Mitchell discharged his AR-15 through his windshield, aiming at the back of Godsey’s vehicle, KWTV reported.

He fired multiple additional rounds before and after Godsey finally brought the pickup to a stop.

“Hey – I put 60 rounds in that dude, man,” Lt. Mitchell said at one point. “Hopefully she’s down. We’ve got no movement.”

It was unclear whether or not any of the other officers had also returned fire during the chase.

After ensuring that his fellow officers had “armor,” and “a fresh mag in their gun,” the lieutenant approached the suspect vehicle and confirmed that Godsey was down.

They immediately radioed for an ambulance.

The shooter’s handgun was found on the center console of the pickup.

After instructing his fellow officers to check themselves for injuries, Lt. Mitchell explained that everyone needed to have two or three “six-to-eight-hour sleep cycles” before they discussed the incident amongst themselves or with anyone else, the video showed.

“We don't talk amongst ourselves, we don't talk to OSBI, we don't talk to anybody until we get those sleep cycles in. Alright?” he reiterated.

Oklahoma State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Jason Smith explained that the instructions Lt. Mitchell gave his officers regarding interviews were made in accordance with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recommendations.

“The IACP Police Psychological Services Section recommends delaying personal interviews from 48 to 72 hours in order to provide the officer with sufficient recovery time to help enhance recall,” Smith quoted in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “This interval is particularly recommended for officers who were directly involved in the shooting, but it may also be necessary for officers who witnessed the incident but did not discharge their firearms.”

The FOP has also blasted District Attorney Jason Hicks for withholding evidence about the suspect’s bullet holes in the officer’s vehicle while he was presenting the case to a grand jury.

Smith noted that the mainstream media is ignoring the fact that officers were responding to a report of a suspect who was “shooting and hitting multiple targets around town.”

“An innocent bystander driving on the streets of Blackwell came under fire at the hands of this woman,” he added. “She fired on his car with him in it, he escaped only by leaving his vehicle and hiding when he called for police to respond.”

Godsey also shot at her own mother before she opened fire on police, the FOP president noted.

An independent internal affairs committee and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation quickly cleared Lt. Mitchell and the other officers present of any wrongdoing in the officer-involved shooting, The Oklahoman reported.

The union president complained that the district attorney, however, wasn’t as quick to make up his mind and waited seven months before he presented evidence to a grand jury.

“A 15-man department has been minus three officers for months because the DA waited seven months while he tried to decide what he wanted to do,” Smith ranted. “He left out so much key evidence out of the indictment and I believe that was because he wanted to get that indictment.”

Lt. Mitchell was indicted on a second-degree murder charge on Nov. 21, 2019, The Oklahoman reported.

He faces up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

“I’ve yet to see in American history when an active shooter was taken out by a police officer or civilian who was then charged with murder – murder isn’t defined by that in America,” Smith told Blue Lives Matter.

Smith said that the FOP is standing behind Lt. Mitchell.

“It is easy to rush to judgment watching only seconds long clips of one video, but all the facts will soon come out,” he said in the post. “We are standing behind the law, the truth and the thousands of hard-working law enforcement officers throughout our state who deserve equal and fair justice under the law.”

Smith told Blue Lives Matter that Lt. Mitchell is a popular and well-respected member of his small community who coaches several football teams, serves on the board of the chamber, and is a member of his local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post.

Smith called Lt. Mitchell the perfect example of a “good lawman,” but instead of holding him up as deserving of praise, they’re trying to make a bad example out of him.

“Instead of the heroism award he should have gotten for putting his life between the public and an active shooter, Lt. Mitchell received an indictment for murder,” he said, sounding disgusted.

“They’re trying to spin it – Lt. Mitchell didn’t do what he did to grandstand and get into a shootout,” Smith told Blue Lives Matter. “He did it to protect his fellow officers. He put his body and his car between the shooter and other officers and the public.”

The FOP leader told Blue Lives Matter that Hicks was just another example of a district attorney trying to make a name for himself.

“They’re not holding officers accountable to the law – they’re holding them above the law,” Smith said. “It’s not fair to the men and women who serve and it’s not fair to the public either. Some DAs are taking that blindfold off of Lady Justice and tipping the scales to an unreasonable nature and it’s costing officers their lives.”

He pointed to Tennessee vs. Garner, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled law enforcement officers could use deadly force if "the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others."

“I don’t know how much more of a continuing threat you can be than shooting all over town and terrorizing this small community… the fact that she died with a gun in her hand should be evidence enough to clear the officers involved,” Smith said.

“The indictment indicates that Lt. Mitchell fired 60 rounds – what it doesn’t say is that those rounds were not getting on target for whatever reason…as long as [the gunman is] a continuing threat to the public, the officer has an obligation to stop that threat,” he said.

“Lt. Mitchell was doing his job and certainly that wasn’t what he went on duty to do that day,” Smith told Blue Lives Matter. “This picture of him that’s been painted by this DA by leaving out key evidence to the grand jury is in my opinion criminal… it’s certainly tilting the justice system in the wrong way.”

Supporters of Lt. Mitchell in his community have set up pages on social media to show their support.

A fundraiser initially set up on GoFundMe was taken down by the fundraising company in accordance with their policy of not permitting fundraising for individuals who are facing “serious criminal charges.”

The FOP re-established the fundraiser with a link on PayPal and are also selling shirts and stickers to show support for Lt. Mitchell as he faces charges for protecting their community.

You can watch dashcam footage of the officers’ encounter with Godsey in the video below. The end of the shooting pursuit and shooting starts around the 8 minute mark:

Comments (45)
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Peedee1
Peedee1

As far as I'm concerned, the officer did his job exactly as he should have. I support his actions 100%.

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Nothing worse that working in a state that the DA cares more about the criminals that the boots on the ground LEO's working 24-7 365 trying to keep the piece. This would never have even been a atom of thought of wrongdoing in my state. Only thing they failed to do was attempt to render aid. Especially if you're on camera.

LynnSB
LynnSB

This DA is an absolute piece of shit just grandstanding once his name out there and doesn’t give a flying shit about the public or about the police officers that serve that’s right they serve the public they are there for a reason to keep the general public safe what part of that woman having a gun and driving around town and shooting it at anyone does he not understand she shut the goddamn thing at her own mother this officer did the ultimate sacrifice he has to live with that the rest of his life knowing that he took that woman outAnd in my opinion he did what he had to do to keep the public safe and keep other officer safe this VA this piece of shit he should not be a DJ he should not be in law enforcement in anyway shape form or fashion

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

This cop did the world a favor!! He took out the trash.. Thank you officer Mitchell.

K-9 319
K-9 319

I back that Officer 100 %. Glad he didn't get hurt. The DA needs to quit, and get a job at the car wash. Not to many decisions to be made there.

DNW
DNW

I am sorry for this woman's tragedy, but the charge of murder is totally unreasonable. There was ample opportunity given her to de-escalate; police should be commended for protecting the community. The only thing that might be an issue is there was no attempt to administer first aid when they appeared to find her still alive upon contacting the vehicle.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

As far as police involved shootings go, having an offender driving around indiscriminately firing at innocent people and officers has gotta be up there as 'cut and dry' in terms of justified use of force.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

39-11-620 - Use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer

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1 The officer has probable cause to believe the individual to be arrested has committed a felony involving the infliction or threatened infliction of serious bodily injury; or

2 The officer has probable cause to believe that the individual to be arrested poses a threat of serious bodily injury, either to the officer or to others unless immediately apprehended.

tfort
tfort

Lesson: Don’t brag about killing someone and you might not get indicted.

IAMSatisfied
IAMSatisfied

A key part of the leftist's plan is to install as many radical left DAs all across the country as possible to tie up our legal system with cases such as this, effectively attacking those who are protecting us, and letting the criminals go free. It's basically a DOS attack on our justice system, just like the hoards of illegals crossing the border are a DOS attack on our border infrastructure. The Leftist/Socialist/Communist/Democrats have a long term plan to overthrow/sabotage/cripple our society so they can gain control. "Order from chaos" is their motto, and they create the chaos.

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

These radical prosecutors are the problem with criminal justice system in America. This DA sounds like he is a blooming idiot. This suspect shooting people, shooting at people and went so far as to shoot at Law Enforcement Officers. They needed to be stopped!! For all you people dogging the Officer just thing that you were getting shot at and you shoot back to defend yourself. Emotions are running high during these incidents and stuff is said, without meaning anything about it. Hopefully a jury will see what this DA is really about.

MSK
MSK

Very sad, pathetic really that this DA would go after this police lieutenant. Just watch the video and you know the cop was right.

DR226
DR226

DA Dicks should be held accountable for withholding exculpatory evidence from the grand jury to get this indictment. Maybe he felt that evil looking assault rifle that holds 100 clips and fires 500 rounds per second /sarc/ shouldn't have been used. Another liberal DA sucking up to the easily offended voters in his district. This Lt. followed all rules of engagement to a tee as I see it.

javaguy
javaguy

When Mr Hicks calls for any kind of help yall should have the blue flu

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

It appears the DA is up for re-election, and wants to make sure he gets the criminal vote.

Hopefully after the jury finds the officer not guilty, or the judge accepts the defense's motion to drop the charges, he can sue the DA for malicious prosecution.

Seahawks*1
Seahawks*1

As a former Officer I don't understand how can ANY DA do this to an Officer, especially when said officer is/was doing as they are sworn to do. What a POS. He should be fired for this. I am glad that no officers were hurt during this incident.

PapouTom
PapouTom

Where do they find these DA's, under a rock or from some fancy liberal law school where the Constitution and Bill of Rights are considered passe??

RQueen13
RQueen13

That DA and those who indicted him may not be able to call for help if they need it. The police are not going to want to go in and save any of them, then get arrested for murder! And they would be right in not going to protect them.

Raymelson
Raymelson

The officer did his job the D,A needs to be replaced asap

HFD120
HFD120

7 months before the D.A. , does that stand for District Attorney or Dumb A.., presents the case to the Grand Jury and only after the Lt. had already been cleared of wrongdoing by two review boards. Withholding evidence should get him disbarred.

Woobie46
Woobie46

Sue Sue Sue. This DA needs to be taken down financially to teach him a lesson. Then sue the City as well for going along with this CRAP! Sue everyone you can! You did the right thing!

justhefactsmaam
justhefactsmaam

Is something missing from this story? I had to read the whole story twice because it doesn't make any sense. I kept thinking, did the hero(s) that stopped this lunatic do something on a different day? Was the wrong video posted? How can this possibly be a crime?? Its absurd!

Luscious775
Luscious775

He’s being used as a scapegoat

Barefoot1
Barefoot1

So we have another Michael Byron Nifong, do we? Make this guy regret ever trying to go after this hero! People of OK get rid of this piece of garbage quick, as if he'll do this to an honest officer, what will he try to do to an ordinary citizen of your community?

GreenMarine50
GreenMarine50

I want to see prosecutors who abuse their authority dealing with charges against themselves that carry more bite than some weak misdemeanor like official misconduct.