Shooting suspect captured in New Mexico, held in Arizona

Ponca City Now - July 22, 2016 11:58 am

A suspect authorities believe fired shots at a Tonkawa police officer has been captured in Navajo, New Mexico.

The man has been identified as 29-year-old Micah Morris.

Law enforcement tracked Morris to El Reno, Oklahoma, then to Amarillo, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, before capturing him in Navajo.

Officers said they believe Morris shot at a Tonkawa police officer early Wednesday morning on Interstate 35 near the Tonkawa exit at U.S. Highway 60 after a traffic stop.

About 2:36 a.m. Wednesday, a Tonkawa Police officer attempted to stop a dark green or black small to mid-size extended cab pickup, possibly a Nissan, Toyota or Isuzu, Chief John Whitham said. The vehicle stopped on I-35 about a mile south of the intersection and shots were exchanged.

This morning, District Attorney Brian Hermanson credited a large cooperative effort for the capture of Morris.

"Thursday night, a well orchestrated search involving officers and agents of the Tonkawa Police Department, Kay County Sheriff's Office, Noble County Sheriff's Office, Perry Police Department, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals, the Navajo County, New Mexico, Sheriff's Office, the 8th District Attorney Drug and Major Crime Task Force and numerous other law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico resulted in the arrest of Micah Morris in Navajo, New Mexico for the firing of a weapon at a Tonkawa police officer," Hermanson said.

Morris faces charges in Kay County District Court, including shooting with intent to kill, felon in possession of a firearm and endangering others while eluding police, Hermanson said. Bond was set at $1 million.

"I appreciate the cooperation and diligence of all agencies involved that resulted in this arrest," he said.

Hermanson said Morris is being held in the Apache County, Arizona, jail and should be extradited to Oklahoma next week.

Navajo, New Mexico, is on the New Mexico-Arizona border.


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