LAWTON — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting and a separate accident involving another officer in a patrol car, police Capt. Craig Akard said Thursday.
The shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at 3907 NW Santa Fe Ave., Akard said.
Police went to that address after a 911 caller hung up the phone. When officers Eli Garcia and Miranda Durham arrived, Randal Wayne Ruth, Jr., 32, answered the front door with a handgun in his hand. Ruth pointed the weapon at the officers, Akard said.
Both officers drew their weapons and fired. After Ruth dropped the gun, officers performed first aid until paramedics arrived, Akard said.
Ruth was taken to Comanche County Memorial Hospital and treated, then taken to Lawton city jail. He was arrested on complaints of possession of marijuana and feloniously pointing a firearm, Akard said.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Garcia and Durham were both placed on administrative leave with pay, Akard said.
Another officer on patrol was in a traffic accident about 2:55 a.m. Thursday at Lee Boulevard and SW 45 Street, he said.
Officer Dustin Dye was going to an accident where a driver lost control of a vehicle while turning, causing the vehicle to hit a median, strike a light pole and drive through a fence into a backyard, Akard said.
Dye looked at the vehicle in the backyard while driving past. When he looked back to the road, he hit the light pole that was on the road. Dye said he did not notice the pole on the road before, Akard said.
Dye lost control of the patrol vehicle and struck another pole. The patrol vehicle sustained significant front damage, but no one was injured in either accident.
The driver from the first accident was cited for reckless driving.