The Chief of Police in Oil City in a statement released Tuesday reminded citizens that the investigation into the shooting death of an Oil City woman by a city police official last week is being conducted, at his request, by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Venango County District Attorney’s office.
The transfer of investigative duties in such a case is, incidentally, standard operating procedure.
Police Chief Robert Wenner stressed, “I want the community to know that we have nothing to hide. And when the investigation is complete, the community will have a complete picture of the incident.” Wenner continued, “The community can be assured that there is no bias in this investigation.”
68 year-old Marilyn Peterson was shot and killed on the evening of July 16 by one of three Oil City police officers who responded to a call of a disturbance at Peterson’s Central Avenue home. Initial police reports indicated that the officers say Peterson was shot in the right side after she threatened them and herself with a knife. All three officers, none of whom have been identified, have been placed on administrative duty.
On Monday night, more than 100 people demonstrated for about 90 minutes in the neighborhood of Oil City Hall, many showing support for Peterson’s family, but others protesting the police response and what many consider a lack of transparency in the investigation.
Wenner stressed that the demonstration was the citizens’ right, and stated, “It is one of the freedoms that we have in this country.”