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OKLAHOMA CITY—A local officer is on administrative leave after firing at a man who was caught stealing diesel from a semi-truck. While many drivers are counting as the gas prices continue to climb, so are police.

Except they are hiding undercover, looking for thieves who are stealing diesel from unsuspecting truckers.

In the latest arrest, police found 50-year-old Therell Terry siphoning diesel out of unprotected gas tanks.

Officers caught him in the act in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart near N.W. 23rd St. and MacArthur.

Capt. Dexter Nelson with the Oklahoma City Police Department said, “They watched this gentleman pull up to a Wal-Mart semi-truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot. He got out of his truck and began to siphon gas from the semi tanks to a 55 or 100 gallon tank in the back of his pickup truck.”

Authorities say when they approached the man, he got into his truck and nearly ran over a police officer.

The officer shot Terry in the upper torso.

He was sent to the hospital and into custody.

Meanwhile, police are still cracking down on a problem truckers have been dealing with for decades.

Terry’s injuries are not life threatening.

He is now facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon by motor vehicle and larceny of fuel.