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Man shot by Norman police faces charges

Jimmie Wheeler, 44, was charged Wednesday after Norman police shot him in the torso following a police chase that ended outside Norman police jurisdiction.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: August 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014
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— A man shot by Norman police on Saturday was charged Wednesday with illegal possession of a firearm and eluding police.

Jimmie Wheeler, 44, was shot in the torso Saturday after a pursuit that ended outside Norman police jurisdiction.

Norman police responded about 12:30 p.m. Saturday to a report of a suspicious person and vehicle in the 2500 block of 168th Avenue NE.

When an officer arrived, Wheeler fled and a chase ensued, Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said.

The chase went on for about two miles and ended at 192nd Avenue NE and E Rock Creek Road, where Wheeler crashed his car at a dead end, Easley said.

Wheeler was shot by Norman officer Forrest Perry, Easley said.

According to court documents, Wheeler was in possession of a .22-caliber handgun at the time he was shot.

Why did police shoot?

Easley did not say what prompted Perry to fire at Wheeler. Court documents state Wheeler was shot after he was “non-compliant” with verbal commands from police.

Wheeler was charged with eluding a police officer and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. He was being held Thursday in the Cleveland County jail on $9,000 bail.

Perry and officer Nathaniel Worthley, who was present during the shooting, were placed on administrative leave while police investigate the shooting.

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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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