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Olathe man killed by off-duty police officer outside Oklahoma City concert

Updated: 2013-07-13T04:04:13Z

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— Police said that an off-duty police officer shot and killed an Olathe man outside an Oklahoma City concert.

Capt. Dexter Nelson said Friday that Sgt. Paul Galyon shot 24-year-old Brian Simms Jr. late Thursday at the Farmers Public Market in Oklahoma City. Nelson said the shooting occurred outside a concert by Chicago-based rap artist Chief Keef.

Nelson said Galyon and another officer were working off-duty outside the concert venue when they saw a man who appeared to be unconscious in a car. Nelson said the officers approached and saw the man had a gun in his waistband.

Nelson said Galyon opened fire when Simms did not comply with orders and instead confronted the officers. Galyon has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation into the shooting.

The Oklahoman newspaper on Friday said Simms was initially identified by his sister.

“We’re angry at the police officers,” Mishellai Avery told the newspaper.

She said her brother was the oldest of seven siblings.

“He made friends everywhere he went,” Avery said. “He was basically a cool and laid-back guy.”

An Oklahoma City television station reported that police said Simms had been in the city only a few days and did not have any identification on him.

The Associated Press and The Kansas City Star contributed to this report.

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