Nathan Ronan

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Service Record

Lawton Oklahoma Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service 2017[1] - January 7, 2022[2]
Last Known Status Terminated[2]

Incident Reports

2021 Death of Zonterious Johnson

On January 17, 2021, several officers were performing an inspection inside a local bar when multiple gunshots were fired outside. When officers went outside, they saw Johnson exchanging gunfire with another person. Ronan identified himself as a police officer, ordered Johnson to stop, and pursued him when he fled.[3]

Ronan entered an alleyway and saw Johnson holding a gun. When Johnson "produced the barrel of the weapon", Ronan shot him.[3]

Officers rendered aid. Johnson died at the hospital.[3]

The incident was captured by Ronan's body-worn camera.[3]

Response Timeline

The shooting investigation was turned over to the Oklahoma State Bureau Of Investigation (OSBI).[3]

In April 2021, the District Attorney cleared Ronan of wrongdoing.[3]

2021 Death of Quadry Sanders

Nathan Ronan booking photo
Nathan Ronan

Response Timeline

On December 6, 2021, Ronan was placed on administrative leave.[4]

On January 7, 2022, after the department completed their own internal investigation, Ronan was fired.[2]

On May 6, 2022, the District Attorney determined that "the shooting of Quadry Sanders was not justified" and charged Ronan with first-degree manslaughter.[2][5]

Ronan appeal his termination, and an arbitrator ruled that he acted within his training and must be reinstated with back pay. The agency can appeal.[6]

The charge against Ronan was reduced to shooting with intent to kill after it was determined that the bullets he fired did not strike Sanders.[7][8]

A judge denied the officers' "Stand Your Ground" defense, saying that their use of force was not to prevent great bodily harm, as Sanders had not shown a weapon or attacked the officers.[8]

LEO Ratings


  1. 2017 Annual Report, Lawton Police Department, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Haley Wilson, UPDATE: Officers charged in Dec. shooting, statements and body cam released by city officials, KSWO, 2022-05-06
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Jarred Burk, UPDATE: Body camera video of officer involved shooting released, KSWO, 2021-04-19
  4. Statement, Lawton Police Chief, 2021-12-06
  5. Julian Mark, Former Okla. police officers charged after fatally shooting Black man, Washington Post, 2022-05-09
  6. Destany Fuller, Ronan and Hinkle: Union attorney summarizes arbitration awards, KSWO, 2023-06-07
  7. Kevin Haggenmiller, Charges for officers involved in 2021 shooting amended, KSWO, 2023-10-30
  8. 8.0 8.1 Haley Wilson, Judge dismisses ‘Stand Your Ground’ argument for former LPD officers involved in deadly shooting, KSWO, 2024-04-04

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