OKLAHOMA CITY – Investigators are searching for two women who may have witnessed the shooting of the Valley Brook police officer last weekend.
Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Valley Brook Officer Brian Southerland was rushed to the emergency room in critical condition after being shot in the leg near I-240 and Eastern during a traffic stop.
Southerland underwent surgery and is now listed in serious condition.
Officials said the officer had his back turned and was making his way back to his vehicle when the driver shot him in the leg.
A few hours after the shooting, police found a vehicle that was connected to the shooting, but it was abandoned.
After searching for the suspect for nearly 30 hours, police took the alleged shooter into custody.
Cory Lee Hartsell, 27, was arrested during a traffic stop in Oklahoma City just before 11 p.m. Monday.
Hartsell was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on charges of shooting with intent to kill and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Investigators are working to determine the motive.
Now, police are searching for two women who may have witnessed the shooting.
If you know of the whereabouts of 29-year-old Amber Sizemore or 20-year-old Miranda Allenbaugh, you are asked to call the Homicide Tip-Line at (405)297-1200.
Sizemore’s family recently reported her missing.