Oklahoma City Police: Officer forced to shoot suspect armed with rifle

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OKLAHOMA CITY - New details are being released about a deadly officer-involved shooting over the weekend.

An Oklahoma City police officer is forced to kill an armed suspect.

The deadly officer involved shooting took place over the weekend after one neighbor shoots another neighbor on SW 38th street.

The first officer on scene then found the shooter with his rifle still in hand.

"The officers gave him commands to drop the rifle. The suspect did not comply and raised the rifle pointing it at the officer," said Oklahoma City police Capt. Paco Balderrama.

Police say the gunman Aurelio Duarte gave the responding officer no choice but to pull the trigger.

"Obviously pointing a rifle at an officer is a threatening act," said Balderrama.

The shooting is the third deadly officer involved shooting in a month.

Less than two weeks ago on NW 27th, a pursuit ended when a man allegedly tried to run over officers with his car.

That led to police killing Glenn Lewis.

In early February on SW 62nd, a police officer got shot in the leg and back, forcing officers to shoot and kill Herbert Hill.

"We've seen an increase in violence from people we encounter towards police," said Balderrama.

Over the years officer involved shootings have been rare, with just 3 for the whole year in 2009.

2010 saw 4 deadly police shootings.

There were only 2 for all of 2012 and 2011.

2013 saw an increase to 6.

The numbers spiked to 9 in 2014 and appears to be continuing early this year.

"It does alarm us. There seems to be a national trend of violence towards police. It concerns us," said Balderrama.

The victim that got shot by the suspect was treated and released from the hospital.

At this point the reason the suspect shot the victim remains unclear.

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