Jury finds Moore man not guilty of pointing gun at police officer during traffic stop

Tommy Doyle Stevenson, 34, testified that he was unarmed when the officer, Jason Hall, shot him; Stevenson also acquitted of reckless driving
by Tim Willert Published: January 17, 2013
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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.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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