MIDWEST CITY — A man talked about “Illuminati” as he held a toddler at knife-point inside a Walmart and began a final countdown before a police officer fired the single head shot that killed him, police said Wednesday.
Midwest City Assistant Police Chief Sid Porter identified the officer who fired the shot as Capt. David Huff, commander of the department's investigations unit.
“He saved a little girl's life,” Porter said. “I told him, ‘It's a sad deal, but the 21/2-year-old girl is an innocent bystander who can't protect herself.'”
Porter said Huff, a 22-year police member, was able to get close to the suspect, Sammie Wallace, 37, and shoot quickly when the time came.
“Obviously you got to be able to react as quickly as you can if it starts to deteriorate rapidly,” Porter said. Wallace began a countdown that he said would end in the girl's death, and that's when Huff fired, the assistant chief said.
The incident unfolded Monday afternoon in the Walmart Market, 7250 E Reno Ave.
Police later searched Wallace's apartment, 2701 Turley Drive, and seized a notebook with religious writings and other papers.