Oklahoma City police shot and killed an armed suspect on the shoulder of Interstate 35 Wednesday evening after they tried to confront him about a possibly stolen vehicle, authorities said.
The suspect, whose name was not released, waved a gun at officers before they opened fire about 6:30 p.m., Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Lindsay Houts, of Oklahoma City, was in a pickup headed south on I-35 and witnessed the shooting near the southbound I-35 off-ramp at SE 51.
Houts said, "He could have easily stepped into traffic and fired at people. They took control of the situation very quickly."
Nelson said officers were in the area running license plates to look for stolen vehicles when they got a hit on a vehicle in the parking lot of a gas station on the east side of I-35 on SE 44.
When officers tried to confront a man and woman in the vehicle, they got out and ran, he said. The woman was quickly captured, but the man led officers on a foot chase south on the highway's service road.
He eventually crossed the northbound lanes of I-35, the median and the southbound lanes, making his way to the shoulder.
Houts said she was a passenger in a pickup with three others headed south.
"Traffic was moving just fine," Houts said. "We saw the guy jogging on the shoulder. There was one car in front of us. They stopped, so we stopped. We hadn't seen any police at that point."