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Two Grady County deputies wound man

Law officers involved in a pursuit shot an 18-year-old man in Chickasha. Officers said the man fired a gun at them and they returned fire.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm •  Published: December 3, 2013

Lawmen wounded an 18-year-old man and arrested him after shots were fired at them in a pursuit early Tuesday.

Officers arrested Decayla Maul, of Chickasha, after he was shot by officers who said he fired on them first, a news release states.

Maj. Elip Moore, assistant police chief, said Chickasha police officers and Grady County sheriff's deputies were involved in a high-speed pursuit that started about 1:30 a.m. near Ninth Street and Kansas Avenue, where officers noticed a traffic violation. The pursuit ended in the 1700 block of S Seventh Street when Maul lost control of the vehicle in a yard.

Maul fled on foot, brandished a handgun and opened fire on the officers, Moore said.

Grady County deputies Cory Loftice and Josh Dwaileebe returned fire, striking Maul.

Maul was taken to a hospital and treated for gunshot wounds to the chin and ankle before being booked into the Grady County jail on complaints including three counts of shooting with intent to kill, no state drivers license, eluding and possession of marijuana.

Moore said the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will investigate the shooting.

A 16-year-old passenger in Maul's car was questioned and released to a guardian at the scene.


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