Update: Medical examiner releases findings in suspect’s death after officer-involved shooting


Jerry Nowlin, Photo courtesy Oklahoma County Jail

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UPDATE (Dec. 8) 3:40 p.m.:

OKLAHOMA CITY –  The suspect connected to an officer-involved shooting in Oklahoma City has died from a gunshot wound to the head.

It all started around 8:30 p.m. Sunday near N.E. 28th and Laird in northeast Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City police say officers were trying to pull the suspect over for a traffic violation, but the man wouldn’t stop.

That’s when officers say the suspect went east on N.E. 28th and south on Kelley  in northeast Oklahoma City.

The suspect’s car then turned east on N.E. 26th and crashed into the north fence of the Heritage Pointe Apartments, according to investigators.

Police say the driver then took off on foot and ran through the apartment complex.

According to police, the suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Jerry Nowlin, brandished a firearm and pointed it at officers.

That’s when officers say they shot  Nowlin.

Nowlin was transported to an area hospital where he passed away just before 11 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office, Nowlin’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

The medical examiner ruled his manner of death as homicide.

However, that does not necessarily mean the officers are accused of any wrongdoing.

Homicide is simply a term used to mean that a human being’s actions led to the death of another.

The two officers involved in the shooting were placed on routine administrative leave pending a complete investigation.

Police say a firearm was recovered in Nowlin’s possession in addition to several grams of marijuana and cocaine.

Early reports indicated that two people were shot, but police later reported only one person had been shot.

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