COLBERT, Okla. -- The man shot Saturday night by a Colbert police officer has died from his injuries.
Denise Krebs-Nichols was on cloud nine on Saturday afternoon, her boyfriend of five years, Chris Nichols, had just proposed to her on her 53rd birthday,
"He said, 'Baby, I love you and I will always love you, and will you please be my wife,' " she said.
But that joy quickly turned to sadness, Chris Nichols died Sunday morning after he was shot by a Colbert police officer.
"I thought, is this a bad joke or a nightmare. I thought no way, no way. This can't be happening to me on my birthday," Denise said.
Denise said this is not how she expected her life to go.
"It took me 47 years to meet the love of my life, to only get him for five short years. Twenty-four years is not long enough to live, it's not fair, he didn't do anything wrong," she said.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officers said the officer stopped to talk with Chris Nichols, who was walking through town, and noticed he was wanted on several traffic warrants. When the officer tried to arrest him, Chris Nichols took off and they got in an altercation.
According to OSBI, Chris Nichols punched the officer in the face causing the officer to pull out his gun and shoot Nichols an unknown number of times.
Chris Nichols was transported to Texoma Medical Center, where he died after surgery. His friends say they want justice for Chris Nichols.
"He'd go to the ends of the earth for anyone he loved, there's nothing he wouldn't do," Lisa Mitchell said.
"Happy go lucky, he treated everyone with respect,"Santina Mitchell said.
OSBI said they are not releasing the officer's name, and the incident is still under investigation. The district attorney will have to decide if the shooting was justified.
As for Chris Nichols' loved ones, they'll now hold on to the memories,
"Everyone who knows him knows he was a good guy and everyone knows how much he loved me and sometimes, I don't know why that he loved me so but he did," Denise said.