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Update: Officials release new information following Norman officer-involved shooting

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UPDATED 7/9/2014

NORMAN, Okla. – Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office released an update regarding an officer-involved shooting that happened on Saturday morning.

On Saturday morning around 8:45 Deputy Cody Shobe stopped a GMC sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of 24th Avenue and Boyd Street in Norman.

The driver, identified as Christopher Mormann, 36, and his passenger, Nicholas Popplewell, 27, were the only occupants inside the SUV.

Soon after, Deputy Chris Noel and his K-9 partner arrived at the traffic stop to assist.

During the stop, Mormann advised Shobe there was a gun and drugs inside the vehicle.

During contact, Popplewell ran to Noel’s patrol car and got inside the vehicle.

Shobe ran after Popplewell and attempted to extract Popplewell from the patrol vehicle.

Popplewell managed to put the vehicle in drive and drag Shobe a short distance.

Noel opened fire and struck Popplewell.

Popplewell was transported by ambulance to Norman Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives have confirmed three outstanding warrants for Popplewell’s arrest.

Records show a felony warrant was filed in McClain County for first-degree robbery and aggravated assault and battery.

Mormann was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center on complaints of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

He bonded out of jail Saturday afternoon.

Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and examine evidence.


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