OHP: Stolen vehicle suspect shot during traffic stop on I-40

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CADDO COUNTY, Okla. – Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials say a stolen vehicle suspect was shot by police officers during a traffic stop north of Hinton Thursday evening,

According to the OHP, the agency received reports at around 6:30 p.m. of a stolen vehicle heading westbound on I-40, west of Oklahoma City.

The suspect vehicle was spotted by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper and stopped in the westbound lanes about 2 miles west of the US 281 exit.

“At which time the trooper went up to make contact with the driver. The driver produced a weapon, there were shots fired and the suspect was hit with gunfire,” said OHP Capt. Paul Timmons.

The man was transported to an Oklahoma City hospital; his condition is unknown at this time. There is no danger to the public. Timmons said no officers were injured.

“There was one person in the vehicle and our trooper was also assisted by the officers from Hinton Police Department, and I believe, Hydro Police Department as well.”

Timmons said he believed shots were fired by other responding officers, but it’s unclear if the suspect fired a gun. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was on scene to assist in the case.

“That part’s not clear right now. That’s still under investigation. They’re still gathering information and trying to contact witnesses, make sure that we have all of the information.”

Traffic was reduced to one lane for several hours as OHP and OSBI investigators collected evidence. A red pickup truck could be seen on the shoulder with several police vehicles parked behind, covered in crime scene tape.