A man shot by police officers Thursday in an Oklahoma City parking lot has been arrested and remains hospitalized in serious condition, police report Friday.
Jerry Ray Pierce, 35, was arrested on two complaints of assault with a dangerous weapon as a result of the incident, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Pierce has a criminal record that includes a previous armed assault on Oklahoma City police officers, Nelson said.
He said the officers who shot Pierce are 30-year police veteran and supervisor Lt. Mike Hutchcroft, and officer Tyler Bartlett, both of the Santa Fe Patrol Division. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Police were called Thursday afternoon to check the welfare of a man walking in the middle of traffic at SW 59 and Walker Avenue, Nelson said.
After officers arrived, Pierce went into the Buy For Less Buy-Super Mercado parking lot and took an aggressive posture toward the officers. He aggressively lunged at the officers as they tried to speak to him, Nelson said.
He said Pierce extended a lock blade knife in his hand and both officers fired their weapons in self-defense. Pierce was hit multiple times and was taken to a hospital, where he remains in serious condition, Nelson said.