18-year-old who allegedly pulled gun on officer dies from injuries

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Officer-involved shooting at Rose State College

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Authorities say an 18-year-old Oklahoma City man has died after pointing a loaded gun at an officer.

On Oct. 5, officers were called to a neighborhood near Rose State College after a suspected home burglary.

After a short chase, police caught up with a pair of alleged suspects in the parking lot of Rose State College.

“The officer gave the suspect commands several times to show his hands. At that point, the suspect did produce a handgun. Our officer fired off several shots, hitting the suspect,” said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.

The alleged suspect was identified as 18-year-old Charles A. Pettit, Jr., and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

Authorities announced that Pettit died from his injuries on Oct. 23 at OU Medical Center.

“I am sympathetic for Pettit’s extended family but there are consequences when you don’t comply with lawful orders and try to kill a police officer,” Clabes said.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater ruled that the shooting was justified. The officer who shot Pettit was also cleared of any wrongdoing by an internal review board.

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