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Norman police identify officers involved in shooting

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: August 12, 2014
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— Police identified Tuesday the officers involved in the shooting of a man after a two-mile car chase.

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

Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said Norman officers Forrest Perry and Nathaniel Worthley, and Cleveland County deputy Christopher Noel were present at the time of the shooting. Only Perry fired at Wheeler, Easley said.

Perry and Worthley were placed on administrative leave while police investigate the shooting. Neither have been interviewed by investigators, Easley said.

What happened

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, Easley said.

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

Wheeler was shot at least once in the upper body. Easley did not say what prompted Perry to fire at Wheeler.

Police said Wheeler was released Sunday from OU Medical Center, and was taken into custody on a complaint of eluding a police officer.

Wheeler also is wanted on two Oklahoma County arrest warrants accusing him of robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony.

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