Man arrested after allegedly shooting at Oklahoma City officers

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A dramatic arrest late Monday afternoon led to a man police said fired at officers during a traffic stop late last week.

One of those officers was grazed by gunfire, and he later found the bullet inside his pocket.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Samuel Carolina.

The 27-year-old was wanted on four counts of shooting with intent to kill.

Monday afternoon, Bob Moore Chopper 4 was the only news camera flying overhead, when police and U.S. Marshals took Carolina into custody.

Last week, when officers pulled over Tavonne Payne, they said he was on the phone and initially would not hang up the call.

Police suspected he was telling whoever was on the other end to come to the traffic stop with him.

Soon after, bullets began flying.

According to an arrest warrant, the officers “believed they were being ambushed and the suspect was attempting to kill them.”

"The officers were unable to fire, because they couldn't figure out where the shots were coming from,” said Oklahoma City Police Department Officer Megan Morgan.

Police went after the suspect but could not catch him.

While running, the man dropped his sweatshirt and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

"They tried to look for him, but efforts to try to apprehend him that night obviously did not come to fruition,” Morgan said.

Investigators later determined Payne was calling Carolina, who is appropriately known as 'Sneak.'

Police not only identified Carolina, they also learned the crowd he was hanging around moments before he fired at officers were “Hoover Crip Gang members.”

An arrest warrant was issued for Carolina on four counts of shooting with intent to kill.

On Monday, his run from the law came to an end when U.S. Marshals and Oklahoma City police officers swarmed the car he was riding in and took him into custody.

Meanwhile, the man initially arrested in that traffic stop, Payne, remains in the Oklahoma County Jail in custody on a marijuana possession complaint.

As for the officer who was shot in the hand, he is already back on duty.

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