UPDATE: At about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a disturbance call outside of a tattoo shop at 1721 N Portland. The suspect, Marquis Peques, was repeatedly ducking down in the bed of a pick-up truck and then raising up, swinging a knife, according to police. Personnel from the tattoo shop spoke to the suspect and talked him into handing the knife over to them. The suspect then walked across 17th Street and went inside of a laundromat at 1801 N. Portland, where he continued to cause a disturbance, police reported.
Officer David Jehle arrived on scene at the laundromat and went inside where he found Peques. Jehle and Peques became involved in an altercation, at which time Peques was able to get on top of Jehle and punch him repeatedly in the face and head with his fists, police reported. At that time, Jehle discharged his firearm, striking Peques, according to police.
Peques was taken into custody and transported by EMSA to OU Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition Friday.
Jehle has been placed on administrative leave.
11 p.m. A man was shot by police Thursday evening after a store owner told police that the man was waving a knife around a northwest Oklahoma City shopping center, the police reported.
Officers were called in reference to a man waving a knife around outside of Stay True Tattoo, a tattoo stop near NW 17 and Portland Avenue. Shortly before 6:15 p.m., an officer found the man near a laundromat and confronted him, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
The man attacked the officer down, tackling him to the ground. During the struggle, the officer fired his weapon and shot the man, Knight said.
The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital. The officer did not go to the hospital, Knight said. Neither the officer’s nor the man’s names were released Thursday night.
Nearby residents and shop owners stood outside the police perimeter, trying to figure out how this could happen to a man they saw almost every day, walking his two pit bull terriers.
Steven Blundell, 52, is the owner of Assist Wireless next door to Stay True Tattoo. He was in the back of his store when he heard yelling coming from outside. A few minutes later when Blundell was about to leave, he saw police cars in the parking lot.
“I looked out and saw the police cars and the yellow tape and I asked the tattoo guys what was going on and they was telling me that the guy came up with a knife and they called the police,” he said.
Blundell said he thinks the man lives in the nearby apartments and walks through the shopping center every day.
“It’s wild, you know? Because you don’t really think about people that you see every day getting shot,” Blundell said. “He’s never appeared to me to being confrontational.”
Lisa, a woman who works in the area but did not wish to give her last name to The Oklahoman, said she has known the man for about four years and saw him minutes before the incident at the tattoo shop.
“I saw him about five, 10 minutes before. He just walked by, waving and happy. He wasn’t angry or mad or anything,” Lisa said.
Lisa said she would have stopped him to talk to him if she thought the man was going to be confrontational.
“He don’t bother no one. He is in no condition to threaten anyone,” Lisa said “I don’t know how it happened. He just walks around with his dogs and never bother anyone, and I just don’t understand.”
Lisa said the man always looked out for his neighbors and would let them know if someone suspicious was walking around in their neighborhood.
“He never showed aggressive toward anyone. Not that I see. He showed no threat to no one ever,” Lisa said. “I hope the truth comes out though. It just doesn’t make sense.”
The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.