Jurors took less than an hour Wednesday to acquit a man accused of pointing a gun at a Harrah police officer during a traffic stop.
Tommy Doyle Stevenson, 34, of Moore, was charged with pointing a firearm at another and reckless driving.
He was accused of running a stop sign at a high rate of speed.
Stevenson faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the firearm charge.
He was pulled over about 1 a.m. Nov. 19, 2011, in the 5400 block of South Harrah Road.
Stevenson took the stand Wednesday, telling jurors he was unarmed when officer Jason Hall shot him after he exited his pickup at the officer's request.
Stevenson acknowledged having an unloaded handgun in his jacket pocket. He testified that he tried to tell Hall about it three times but the “agitated” officer wouldn't let him finish.
It was when the officer was about to search him that Stevenson said he decided to pull the gun out of his pocket and show the officer because “it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.”
Defense attorney Michael Branch, in his closing argument, said Hall lied about what happened because “he shot an unarmed man.”
The attorney told jurors the lead detective in the case “botched the investigation” and cost Stevenson a chance to properly defend himself in court.
“They did the right thing. He was innocent,” Branch said of the jury. “The truth came out and they judged Mr. Stevenson based on those facts.”
Prosecutors alleged Hall shot Stevenson because he targeted the officer with a laser-sighted handgun after the officer asked him several times to take his hand out of his pocket.
Stevenson, they argued, had ample opportunity to disclose having a gun but chose to keep it concealed, telling the officer, “I don't have any (expletive) weapons.”
Prosecutors could not be reached for comment.
The officer testified running for cover when Stevenson pointed the gun at him but tripped and fell. That's when he told jurors he saw a laser beam on the ground next to him, “searching for me.”
Stevenson told the jury the laser on his gun was not activated.
He said he turned around and the officer was gone so he set the gun on tailgate of his pickup and retreated to the cab of his pickup and waited.
That's when he heard gunfire.
“I felt a cold sting on my back,” he said. “I knew I had been hit.”
The wound was superficial. Stevenson, though, testified being terrified when Hall continued shooting.
He said he crawled to the back of his pickup, where he came face-to-face with the officer, who was pointing a gun at him.
“He said, ‘I will kill you,'” Stevenson testified.