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Man wanted for allegedly shooting at Oklahoma City officers taken into custody

OKLAHOMA CITY – A man who was wanted for shooting at officers last week has been taken into custody.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 near N.W. 10th and Rockwell.

It all started during a traffic stop when a driver pulled into a parking lot on the northwest corner of that intersection.

He didn’t have a license, so officers put him in the back of the patrol car and began searching his vehicle.

At that point, shots started flying in their direction.

“They did not get a good look at the shooter at the time. It was just simply too far away and it was nighttime. Officers took cover,” said Master Sergeant Gary Knight. “One of the vehicles was hit by at least two bullets. An officer received a minor graze wound to his wrist.”

Officers recovered a sweatshirt and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol while they were searching for the suspect.

During the course of the investigation, officers determined the driver, Tavonne Payne, was on the phone with Samuel Carolina at the time of the traffic stop.

Samuel Carolina

Samuel Carolina

A witness confirmed to officers that Carolina was wearing the sweatshirt found at the shooting scene earlier that night, according to court documents.

Carolina was released from prison earlier this year after serving time for first-degree burglary.

He is now facing charges for four counts of shooting with intent to kill.

On Monday, officials issued a warrant for his arrest and alerted other agencies about Carolina.

Shortly before 4 p.m. on Monday, Oklahoma City officers and marshals began following a silver pickup truck that was believed to be Carolina’s.

The U.S. Marshals confirmed to NewsChannel 4 that Carolina pulled over and immediately surrendered to authorities near N.E. 16th & I-35.