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Putnam City teaching assistant found dead in northwest Oklahoma City home

An assistant basketball coach accused of having sex with a student fatally shot himself after law officers went to his house seeking a man wanted in an unrelated robbery, police said.

Leo Edmiral Mackie, 43, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon, Oklahoma City police Capt. Paco Balderrama said.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Mackie on Tuesday, court records show, but that was not what sent officers to the house, Balderrama said.

Police went to 5829 NW 83 seeking an accused robber, but as they arrived, Mackie ran inside the house and refused to come out. Shortly after the other people inside the house left, officers heard a gunshot.

Mackie was a teacher's assistant and assistant basketball coach for the Putnam City school district.

The arrest warrant signed Tuesday accuses Mackie of first-degree rape. A 16-year-old student told a police detective she and Mackie had a consensual sexual relationship that began in October and ended in December, the warrant states.

The girl was a Putnam City North student who had transferred to the Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech program. The program is part of the Putnam City district's curriculum, the warrant states.

A police report on the incident was filed Jan. 20. The detective began his investigation Feb. 2. 

Students at Putnam City North High School were visibly upset Wednesday morning, a district spokesman said.

"It's a somber day at Putnam City North High School," said spokesman Steve Lindley. "There are grieving students at the school today and extra counselors there to be with them."

Mackie's last day at the school was Feb. 2, Lindley said.

A photo of Mackie was removed from the website of the school's athletics department after the news broke Wednesday.

The name of the robber was not released, and the robber is still sought by law officers, Balderrama said. 

A Facebook page for Mackie states that he had been married since 1999.

Mackie's final post, on Jan. 11, read: “God is good all the time and all the time God is good.”

His LinkedIn profile states that he started working at Putnam North in May 2015 as the sophomore basketball coach and teacher's assistant in special education.

Contributing: Staff Writer Robert Medley

Matt Dinger

Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting. Read more ›

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