OKLAHOMA CITY – First responders are investigating an officer-involved shooting near NW 10th and Villa Wednesday evening.
Authorities say an officer shot a suspect during an altercation near a residence at West Park Place and North Linn Ave.
Police received a call for a suspicious person. The officer arrived and encountered an escapee from the Carver Transitional Center.
“The suspect had a crowbar-type instrument in his hand and the officer chased him to the east side of the house and at this point the suspect turned to the officer and the officer discharged his taser and this did not work on the suspect,” said Capt. Bo Mathews with the Oklahoma City Police Department. “The suspect continued to charge at the officer with a crowbar-type instrument in his hand. The officer retreated and fired his weapon, striking the subject.”
Investigators say the officer discharged his duty weapon more than once.
The suspect went down and was taken into custody. Officials say the suspect will most likely survive his injuries.
During the investigation, authorities learned the suspect was involved in an assault earlier today.
“Earlier this evening, this individual, the suspect is considered to be a DOC escapee and he had a fight at the Carver Center, is what we’ve been informed. So, right now, he’s in custody,” said Capt. Mathews.
That victim was taken to hospital. Conditions of both the suspect and the victim are unknown.
Investigators with Oklahoma City Police Department are reviewing the body camera footage and talking to witnesses of the assault and shooting.
“The officer is okay. The officer did not receive any injuries in this incident and he will be put on paid administrative leave until the criminal investigation is over,” Capt. Mathews told News 4.
Investigators are informing the suspect’s next of kin before releasing his name.