Woman struck by police gunfire at Lawton nightclub

A police officer fired at a man who waved a gun at a crowd outside a Lawton nightclub, but struck a woman on the scene. She was treated at a hospital and released.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm •  Published: August 20, 2012
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— A woman was struck in the chest by a bullet fired by a police officer aiming at a gunman outside a nightclub early Sunday, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reports.

Jerry Ann Short, 24, of Lawton, was hit when the officer shot at a man waving a gun at a crowd of people about 1:45 a.m. at the Gate 4 Recovery Room nightclub in Lawton, an OSBI news release states.

Officers heard a gunshot coming from the parking lot outside the club where about 300 people had gathered. Officers approached the man and demanded he drop his weapon, but the man raised his weapon toward the group of bystanders, OSBI reports.

An officer fired a round but missed the man. The bullet hit a parked vehicle, went through several windows and hit Short in the chest, according to the news release. Short was treated at a hospital and released.

The man with the gun fled, the police officer reported.


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