A particularly bloody year for Oklahoma City went out quietly, law officers said.
A reported shooting Monday night turned out to be a gun fired into the air, and a drive-by shooting early Tuesday left one man hurt, but he was treated and released from a hospital, Oklahoma City police Lt. Kevin Parton said.
The last reported homicide in Oklahoma City — on Dec. 27 — was the 99th of the year. There were 10 other homicides in the first three weeks of December. The city's record number of homicides was 102 in 1979.
A total of 31 people were booked into Oklahoma County jail on complaints of driving under the influence during the Traffic Enforcement Across the Metro initiative that began Monday evening and continued through the early hours Tuesday, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Garrett Vowell said.
Law officers in Oklahoma County — including sheriff's deputies, troopers, and city police — conducted saturation patrols through the night, searching for suspected drunk drivers.
“From the OHP side, we only had one accident that we investigated throughout the night, and it was not alcohol-related. That was another bonus, to go through the night with only one injury accident,” Vowell said.
Troopers in the Tulsa metro reported no injury accidents, Vowell said.
But from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, seven fatal accidents and ten injury accidents were reported by troopers statewide, trooper Betsy Randolph said. Alcohol was thought to be a contributing factor in two of those crashes, she said.