Police arrest 2 suspects connected to drive-by shooting, standoff in southeast Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Police arrested a man and woman after connecting them to an early morning drive-by shooting and standoff with officers lasting several hours in southeast Oklahoma City.

Officers worked three different crime scenes to solve this case, but eventually everything ended peacefully.

Police were on scene for several hours trying to communicate with the suspects they believed were armed and dangerous in room 217 at the Plaza Inn near southeast 29th and I-35.

A lot of people were evacuated from their rooms, and neighboring businesses were worried about what was going on next door.

"We're not only concerned for us as the employees over here but for the customers, and there's kids that come in here," said Jacquetta Langston.

Langston works at a nearby restaurant.

"That kind of makes you scared to come to work, you know," she said.

Langston's relieved 28-year-old Jesse Riddle and 25-year-old Jezreal Apple are behind bars after the standoff.

It all started around 12:15 Thursday morning, when police said there was a drive-by shooting near southeast 53rd and Evenbrooke.

The victim showed up to a nearby gas station seriously hurt.

"One person was hit, seriously injured and transported to an area hospital," said MSgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Dept.

During that investigation, police tracked down the suspects' vehicle tag number, leading them to the Plaza Inn, where they believed both suspects barricaded themselves inside.

"We used a loud speaker system and then our guys began banging on the door, and its tactically sometimes difficult to do that, because the windows involved. Officers don't want to place themselves in jeopardy," Knight said.

Finally, the man gave himself, and police eventually tracked down the woman after she ran from the scene.

"We happy they're getting the situation resolved so we can get back to the basics," Langston said.

Both suspects are faced with charges of shooting with the intent to kill, and the man is faced with an additional charge - possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

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