A wild scene unfolded early Friday in Oklahoma City as a man shot and killed another man, held a woman hostage, led authorities on a chase and then killed himself on Interstate 35, police said.
Darrell Kurt Wilson, 36, was identified as the shooter in Friday morning's domestic home invasion and homicide, police reported.
Oklahoma City police said Wilson previously had been in a relationship with the 32-year-old woman, and the homicide victim, William Schnittman, 25, was the woman's boyfriend.
Shooting leaves boyfriend dead
The shooting happened at a house in the 1500 block of NW 39, where police responded about 3 a.m. Friday.
When they arrived, they reported seeing a man who appeared to be holding a woman hostage in an early model Jaguar. Officers convinced the man to let the woman go, police said. At that point, Wilson escaped in his car, and police followed in pursuit.
Officers searched the house and discovered Schnittman, who had been shot. Schnittman later died from his wounds, police said. Additionally, the woman told officers she had been sexually assaulted by Wilson.
Capt. Dexter Nelson said police had been to the house before for domestic abuse calls and that the woman had a protective order filed against Wilson in the past.
“Our officers were familiar with the residence, and once they were notified, they were also familiar with this individual and his car,” Nelson said.
Investigation closes interstate
After leaving the house, Wilson led police on a chase southbound on Interstate 35, just south of Interstate 40, where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car.
Police said they were not sure whether Wilson shot himself while he was driving and then crashed, or vice versa.
Several interstate ramps were closed, and traffic was disrupted for at least four hours while police investigated the scene and Wilson's body and car were removed.
The woman's four children, ages 9, 5, 2 and 1, were in the house at the time of the incident. The children were taken into protective custody, police said.
Schnittman's death marks the 98th homicide in Oklahoma City in 2012.
Contributing: Staff Writer