Man, officer injured in Tulsa police shooting

The Associated Press - July 5, 2018 1:36 pm

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Police in Oklahoma say an officer and a man who opened fire on them were wounded during a shootout in Tulsa.

Tulsa police spokeswoman Officer Jeanne MacKenzie said it happened Tuesday after officers ran the license plate on a minivan and found the plate had been issued to a different vehicle.

MacKenzie said officers followed the van to a gas station to ask questions, but a man inside was “defiant.” More officers were called to assist, and police fired pepper balls into the van.

MacKenzie said the man then started shooting, and officers returned fire. One of the officers was hit in the leg, and the man was hit in the chest. Both have been hospitalized.

It was the second officer-involved shooting Tuesday in Oklahoma. A man died in Lawton after officers fired at him after police say he cut one of them with a knife.

 

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