CHICKASHA, Okla. – A Chickasha teen is recovering after he allegedly led authorities on a high-speed chase and was involved in a gunfight with deputies early Tuesday morning.
Officials with the Chickasha Police Department say deputies tried to pull over a car, driven by 18-year-old Decayla Maul, around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
However, Maul took off and led police on a chase near 9th St. and Kansas Ave.
“We heard a crash,” James Hembree said. “We looked and jumped up and saw all the cops chasing the black car.”
The chase eventually came to an end when Maul allegedly lost control of the car and ended up in a yard in the 1700 block of S. 7th St.
Hembree said, “We saw them handcuff one and put him in the cop car and a few seconds later we heard quite a bit of gunfire.”
Moore said two deputies returned fire and hit Maul in the chin and ankle.
“Sheriff Weir and I agree that our initial review of this situation leads us to believe our officers’ and deputies’ actions were legal, justified and necessary,” Moore said. “OSBI was contacted and will be conducting the shooting investigation. This is standard practice when you have officer-involved shootings.”
Moore said officials questioned a 16-year-old boy who was in the front seat of the car with Maul.
He was not charged and was released to a guardian at the scene.