Update: Police release the names of officers involved in Norman shooting
Update: 8/12/2014 – Police have released the names of the officers involved in Saturday’s shooting.
According to Norman Police, Forrest Perry and Nathaniel Worthley were both involved in Saturday’s shooting of Jimmie Wheeler. Police also say Deputy Christopher Noel was also present at the time of the shooting.
Investigators say that only Perry fired at Wheeler, who was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center on Monday after receiving treatment at OU Medical Center.
Police say their investigation of the incident remains ongoing and detectives have not ruled out additional criminal charges against Wheeler.
Perry and Worthley both remain on paid administrative assignment.
NORMAN, Okla. – A necessary shot, or an abuse of power?
That’s the question surrounding a Norman police officer who shot a convicted felon Saturday afternoon following a high-speed chase and crash.
44-year-old Jimmie Wheeler is now behind bars in Cleveland County after a brief stay in the hospital.
Norman police Cpt. Tom Easley said they can’t disclose why Wheeler was shot by an officer until all the facts are uncovered.
“We are just like anyone else,” he said Monday. “If we use force, we have to do it lawfully.”
Easley said Norman PD is conducting four administrative investigations and one criminal investigation surrounding the shooting.
“One of our officers fired,” he said. “Don’t know how many times and where exactly Mr. Wheeler was hit, I do not know.”
Wheeler’s latest crime allegedly happened at a Del City Walmart last Wednesday.
Surveillance video shows a man, believed to be Wheeler, flashing a gun to a money teller, who then gives him an undisclosed amount of cash.
A caller’s tip led police to Wheeler’s Norman home Saturday.
Easley said Wheeler led officers on a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed his vehicle at 192nd and Rock Creek, fled on foot and was shot by an officer.
He was released from a hospital Sunday night and booked into the Cleveland County jail.
Norman police won’t say why the officer felt he had to open fire on Wheeler.
“We’re going to take a hard look at this and why shots were fired and why Mr. Wheeler was injured, and we will answer those questions at some point,” Easley said. “We just can’t do it right now.”
Because of the previous armed robberies, Del City police had advised Norman police that Wheeler could be armed and dangerous.
Del City Maj. Jody Suit said Wheeler is a suspect in four armed robberies in Del City and Midwest City, dating back almost a year. Wheeler also served at least 10 years in prison for armed robbery in Arizona.
Charges have yet to be filed in Cleveland County.