Surveillance video shows suspect from OHP chase, shooting stealing vehicle from gas station

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PURCELL, Okla. (KFOR) – According to Purcell police, the man who was shot and killed by OHP troopers following a pursuit, stole that vehicle from a Purcell gas station while a customer was pumping gas.

"It was just a normal day. I was just working," James Jares, who works at the Conoco gas station in Purcell, said.

A normal day at work for Jares and his coworkers ended up taking a bizarre turn on Wednesday.

"The guy took off with our pump and everything. It was crazy," Jares said.

He's talking about the driver of a stolen truck, 34-year-old Adam Ray Hernandez.

Surveillance video shows Hernandez drive up to a pump in that stolen truck where a customer was already fueling up.

"He walks around the pump, gets into the other vehicle, slams the door and when he slams the door is when the victim realizes 'somebody got in my car,'" Detective Sgt. Scott Stephens with Purcell PD said.

All of this unfolded as the unsuspecting victim was standing right next to his SUV pumping the gas.

Hernandez is seen on the video pulling off the heist within a matter of seconds, pulling away with the gas hose still attached to the SUV.

"People have driven off with the hose attached before, but never with somebody stealing a vehicle," Stephens said. "The suspect had already got out on the interstate. The call went out to all surrounding agencies."

OHP troopers then spotted the vehicle on I-35, leading to a pursuit that ended in Moore where witnesses told News 4 Hernandez crashed into a light pole.

Cell phone video shows him get out of the SUV, appearing to have his hands in his pockets. That's when he was fatally shot by troopers.

"I've never seen anything like that happen in our parking lot before," Jares said.

According to DOC records, Hernandez was currently serving a suspended sentence for a burglary that happened in Pottawatomie County.


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