OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Authorities say they are still investigating a deadly shooting at a Hobby Lobby distribution center in central Oklahoma.
Around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, emergency crews were called to a reported shooting at the Hobby Lobby distribution center, located near S.W. 44th and Council Rd.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found one person dead.
That victim has been identified as 69-year-old Douglas Smith.
Initial reports indicated that an employee, identified as 32-year-old Domonique Thompson, at the distribution center was having a disagreement with Smith, a manager.
At one point, the employee reportedly took out a weapon and shot Smith, who died at the scene.
Officials learned that the suspect was seen leaving the scene in a red Dodge Charger.
Trooper Eric Foster with Oklahoma Highway Patrol said law enforcement received information that Thompson was headed north on Interstate-35.
He said they stationed troopers along the interstate all the way to the Kansas border.
Around 7 p.m., Thompson was spotted at a gas station off the Stillwater exit.
“We started to converge,” said Foster. “The vehicle went southbound on I-35 back towards Oklahoma City.”
Troopers said the chase reached speeds of 100 miles per hour at times.
Thompson then turned off the interstate at a Guthrie exit and headed west on Highway 33 before law enforcement said he crashed near the Kingfisher County line.
After a standoff, with no response from the suspect in the car, law officers used an armored vehicle to get close.
“We walked out, we saw the individual,” said Foster. “There was no word or movement, anything. We were able to get him out of the vehicle and confirm that he was deceased.”
Law enforcement officers from nearly a dozen different agencies responded to the scene.
Officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department say Thompson died, but are not providing any further details about the case.
Foster confirmed to KFOR that the Dodge Charger’s license plate matched the one seen leaving the distribution center. Also, he says the suspect’s description matched as well.
“Today, our Hobby Lobby family mourns the loss of a valued and respected employee, Doug Smith, to a senseless and devastating act of violence,” said David Green Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO. “Our hearts are broken. We ask everyone to pray for the family, friends and co-workers of Doug, along with the first responders who quickly acted to protect our employees and secure our facility.”
Hobby Lobby employees News 4 spoke with said the feeling at work Thursday was eerie, one day after their fellow co-worker was shot and killed.
The workers KFOR spoke to said doors are locked at the site and anyone trying to get in must have a work badge.