PCPD Sends update on incident with taser
Ponca City Now - July 12, 2016 3:15 pm
The Ponca City Police Department sent a news release today in regards to an incident which ocurred on June 30th. The news release includes the original release from July 1, the update sent the evening on July 1 as well as an update of the investigation and the status of the officer involved. The following is today's release from the Ponca City Police Department
Contact: Sherry Bowers
On June 30th, 2016 at approximately 10:30 PM, an officer noticed a vehicle traveling South on 14th Street with a tail light out and initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle pulled in to South Avenue Liquor, located at 13th Street and South Avenue, and ran from that location; a passenger in the vehicle did not run. The officer pursued the suspect west from that location, and they crossed 14th street north of the Conoco at 14th and South Avenue. The officer deployed his Taser and the suspect was apprehended. Other officers arrived to assist, and an ambulance was called for the suspect. Emergency Medical Personnel from the Ponca City Fire Department arrived and Roger Bales, 56 of Ponca City, was transported by PCFD ambulance to Alliance Health Ponca City where he remains in critical condition. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called to assist the Police Department in the investigation and interviewing of witnesses. The investigation is continuing.
The above was sent Friday morning and then the below update about his death was sent out Friday evening.
Roger Bales died at approximately 7:20pm this evening at Alliance Health Ponca City.
The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office will be performing an autopsy.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident. The Medical Examiner’s office has done an autopsy, but to my knowledge no results have been released. At this time, we do not have any new information to report.
Patrolman Daniel Morrison was the officer who deployed the Taser in the Bales incident. Morrison has been on administrative leave since July 1 pending the outcome of the investigation.
As a point of clarification, the Ponca City Police Department called and requested OSBI to conduct the investigation the evening of July 1.