PITTSBURG, OK. (THECOUNT) — Sayven Lane Rowland, of Pittsburg, Oklahoma, has been identified as the teen victim in a fatal police-involved shooting Friday night in Pittsburg County, according to reports.

Agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation say, Rowland, 19, was shot dead Friday night in a deputy-involved incident near the town of Pittsburg.


Deputies were in pursuit of a man on a four-wheeler when the man crashed near the intersection of West Pittsburg Road and Staples Road in between Kiowa and Pittsburg.

Deputies reportedly observed Rowland illegally operating an ATV on a county road. When deputies attempted to make contact with the man he fled and a pursuit began, according to the sheriff.

Officials said after the man crashed, he brandished a firearm and a deputy unsuccessfully used a less lethal pepper gun on the man before another deputy used lethal force.

Rowland was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff said investigators found a gun, knife, and a stock of a rifle on Rowland, reports McalesterNews on Saturday morning.

Authorities said both deputies involved are on routine paid administrative leave until the investigation is ongoing as is procedure.


Geo quick facts: Pittsburg is a town in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 280 at the 2000 census – Wikipedia.