NewsChannel 4 cameras go inside motel where police shootout began

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A bulletproof vest saves an officer's life during a shootout Wednesday at the Plaza Inn.

Two officers and two suspects were shot.

The suspects are in critical condition.

We paid the fifty bucks to get into a room to have a better idea of how everything played out when the bullets started flying.

Room 167 at the Plaza Inn is now boarded up.

We couldn't go in that exact room, so we went undercover to get into a similar one.

When we walked in, we asked the clerk for 167, but she told us it was unavailable.

We rented a room here at the Plaza Inn and as you can tell, it's not very big.

Friday, police said the gunfight started in a room similar to 113.

Judging by the entire size of room 113, it's hard to imagine there could be 5 people inside.

Police say Shane Rhea, the main suspect, shot through another man's back.

Officers say that man is Randell Williams.

After the motel shootout, Rhea then bolted out the door with Samantha Monden and continued shooting at officers.

We were told by the motel staff that all the exterior bedrooms, all of the rooms that are facing the parking lot, are single, meaning it's very similar to this motel room's layout.

For now, it's still a mystery how Monden, remembered as a sweet mother of two, ended up inside the room with a career criminal.



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