‘Why shoot him?’ Family questions police tactics after gunfire

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The family of a man police shot in the stomach early Sunday morning is wondering if officers had other options before pulling the trigger.

"My brother is too scared to try to fight some police," said Jamelia Ellis. "Tase him. You’ve got a club, a lot of y’all. Jump him. Seriously? Shoot him?"

Ellis and her mother are still coming to grips with a routine traffic stop gone wrong near S.W. 29th and Klein around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Oklahoma City police released few details but said their officers were not harmed.

Meanwhile, the man officers shot in the stomach is in critical condition, unable to speak, Ellis said.

Ellis said her brother was pulled over for swerving.

He ran when police tried to stop him, possibly because he didn't have a driver's license on him and had been in trouble before.

Her brother was not armed, she said.

Not long after, gunfire woke Alondra Caldera at her house near the intersection.

"We just heard a guy yelling for help and that he couldn’t breathe," she said. "It was very scary, because we didn’t know if the gunshot was from somebody else and they were still shooting or if it was from the police, if they had it under control or not."

The man police were chasing had ran into her neighbor's back yard, Caldera said.

"The police were yelling. They were like 'Get on the floor,' and I guess he wasn’t listening," she said. "He was trying to get over that fence."

Before long, the entire block was taped off as police used metal detectors to search for evidence, she said, staying on the scene for hours.

Ellis and her mother walked the scene hours after officers left, trying to talk to people who saw the shooting happen, trying to piece it all together.

"We haven’t slept," Ellis said. "We’re over here trying to see what happened, knocking on people’s doors, saying ‘Please, somebody tell us, did y’all see something?’ I just need to know what happened. I’m making sure I’m getting to the bottom of this."

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