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March 5, 2014

Police: Man facing charges commits suicide in public

EDMOND — A local man facing sex offense charges has committed suicide near an intersection in Edmond, police said.

The information came to light during a review of Edmond Fire Department incidents. A 9:23 a.m. Tuesday call about a “DOA” (dead on arrival) at the Coffee Creek-North Western intersection prompted an inquiry with the Edmond Police Department.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the incident was a suicide and the victim was Michael Dean Osburn. Monroe released Police Officer Paul Sinclair’s incident report.

At 9:24 a.m. Tuesday, he was dispatched on a call from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office about a possible suicide at 3200 W. Coffee Creek Road, Sinclair stated in the report.

An Oklahoma County worker at the scene said he saw a vehicle parked in a dead end area, went to check and saw a single occupant in the driver’s seat, Sinclair stated. The witness saw a gun in the man’s hand and some blood on his face, Sinclair stated.

Sinclair stated the vehicle was parked at the end of a road inside an area used for dumping and landfill. Sinclair stated he could see the victim appeared to have died from suicide by a gunshot to the head; he was holding a semi-automatic pistol in his left hand.

Osburn, 43, of Edmond, was facing felony charges of making an indecent proposal to a child under 16 and a violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act filed in June in Logan County District Court, according to court records.

In a previous report published online on June 14, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Osburn was arrested after a two-month-long investigation into solicitation on Craigslist for sex with minors. Brown said Osburn allegedly had traveled to Guthrie believing he was meeting a 15-year-old boy for sex.

On June 17, Osburn’s bond was set at $250,000. On July 8, it was reduced to a $25,000 surety bond or a $5,000 cash bond, which was posted on July 10.

In recent months, Osburn had been granted several postponements by the court. On Jan. 23, at his request, the case was continued to the preliminary hearing docket on Feb. 20. On that date, at his request, the case was continued to the preliminary hearing docket in Logan County District Court on April 24.

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