OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot at officers during a traffic stop last week.
The driver pulled into a parking lot on the northwest corner of that intersection.
He didn’t have a license so officers put him in the back of the patrol car and began searching his vehicle when shots started flying.
“They did not get a good look at the shooter at the time. It was just simply too far away and it was nighttime. Officers took cover,” said Master Sergeant Gary Knight. “One of the vehicles was hit by at least two bullets. An officer received a minor graze wound to his wrist.”
Police are not releasing that officer’s identity, but tell us he is a 12 year veteran of the force and is part of the gang unit.
“We came dangerously close to having a tragic situation occur last night. These rounds were flying around very close to where these officers were and thankfully none of them were hit other than a minor graze wound,” said MSgt. Knight.
Tavonne Payne was the person pulled over in the traffic stop.
He was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge.
Police say when they first approached his vehicle, he wouldn’t get off the phone.
The report says “It appeared AR (arrested) was more interested in telling the person on the phone he was pulled over on “10th street.”
Officers recovered a sweatshirt and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol while they were searching for the suspect.
During the course of the investigation, officers determined Payne was on the phone with Samuel Carolina at the time of the traffic stop.
A witness confirmed with officers that Carolina was wearing the sweatshirt found at the shooting scene earlier that night, according to court documents.
Carolina was released from prison earlier this year after serving time for first-degree burglary.
He is now facing charges for four counts of shooting with intent to kill.
Authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest.
Carolina is considered armed and dangerous.
If you know of his immediate whereabouts, please call police.
If you have any information that could help police with this investigation, please call Crime Stoppers at (405)235-7300.