OKLAHOMA CITY – A traffic stop turns deadly in Oklahoma City.
Police are forced to shoot and kill a man after he allegedly tried to run officers down with his car.
It happened near N.W. 27th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. where police cornered the suspect on a dead end street following a brief pursuit.
“I saw the officer with his weapon out, yelling at the car,” said Chris Waters. “Shortly after, I heard a bunch of shots being fired.”
“The police were asking him to get out of his vehicle,” said Michael Denney.
Waters and Denney watched the deadly incident play out after the suspect refused to surrender.
“He instead of getting out of his vehicle, pulled a U-turn and tried to hit a cop and they responded in kind,” said Denney.
After being shot, the suspect’s car ran into the side of Denney’s sports car.
Police say the driver, Glenn Lewis, forced the officers to use lethal force.
“They discharged their weapons to protect themselves, because they felt their lives were threatened,” said Capt. Paco Balderrama, with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
A search of Department of Corrections records shows Lewis had a lengthy history of arrests for drug related charges.
Police say he also had an active warrant for his arrest.
Neighbors and police agree the suspect’s actions make him responsible for his own death.
“If he would have just pulled over and complied, none of this would have happened,” said Balderrama.
“I find it sad it came to that, but I believe the police were doing the right thing,” said Denney.
A passenger in the suspect’s car bailed out during the chase.
That person was taken into custody for questioning, but has not been arrested.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been put on paid leave while the case is investigated.