Oklahoma City police fleet to get a new look

The department will begin rolling out all-black 2013 Ford Police Interceptor models in two to three weeks.
by Juliana Keeping Published: September 24, 2012

Improved door panels are meant to protect officers.

That upgrade was made to some Crown Victoria squad cars after a shooting involving Oklahoma City police officer Katie Lawson, Police Chief Bill Citty said.

Lawson had just finished assisting the deputy when she was ambushed on Aug. 29, 2010, near NW 38 and Miller by Hector Escalante, who fired 20 rounds from a civilian version of a military assault rifle into Lawson's patrol car.

Lawson was hit six times — in the face, legs and body — but pulled her own weapon and returned fire before her assailant fled. She returned to duty in March 2011.

Escalante, who later was arrested, pleaded guilty to the ambush and was sentenced to life in prison, plus an 18-year prison term on a weapons charge.

Ballistic panels will be installed in all new squad cars. In the future, the cars will be able to adapt to technology like electronic fingerprinting and ticketing, Nelson said.

The 581-vehicle fleet of marked sedans eventually will be replaced with the Interceptor models.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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