Zonterious Johnson Death: Nathan Ronan of Lawton Ok and Officer Robert Hinkle Arrested

Nathan Michael Ronan and Robert Leslie Hinkle were arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter, according to a press release from the City of Lawton.

The Comanche County District Attorney’s Office released its decision to file criminal charges against former Lawton officers Nathan Ronan and Robert Hinkle.

The charges come after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completed a criminal investigation into the shooting involving Ronan and Hinkle.

In January 2022, Lawton City Manager terminated Ronan and Hinkle after an administrative investigation into the fatal shooting.

According to a statement from the office of the Lawton City Manager, their investigation was separate from OSBI’s, and OSBI’s investigation was criminal while the City of Lawton’s investigation was administrative.

Ronan was also previously under investigation for the January 17, 2021 shooting death of Zonterious Johnson, but was cleared of any wrongdoing following OSBI’s investigation.

Body cam footage of the officer-involved shooting has been made public by the City of Lawton in accordance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act.

Stan Booker, Mayor of Lawton, said that while the release of the information and announcing the charges against the former officers may not bring closure, it may offer clarity.

“The City of Lawton is releasing this information in tandem with the Comanche County District Attorney’s decision in accordance with the Oklahoma Open Records Act and in continuation with transparency.

As the Mayor of Lawton, the loss of life in our community is always a difficult matter to grasp. My thoughts and prayers go out to the parents and those in our community who lost a loved one in Quadry Sanders. Although this decision and the releasing of information that followed may provide clarity to this tragic incident, it does not come without impacting one’s stages of grief and mourning of a lost loved one.

I believe the Lawton Police Department holds itself to the highest possible standards, and I know it will continue to do so moving forward.”

MAYOR STAN BOOKER

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