Oklahoma City police on Thursday identified the armed man shot and killed by officers on the shoulder of Interstate 35.
About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Simon Paschal Ramirez, 30, died at the scene near the southbound I-35 off-ramp at SE 51, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
Officers opened fire on Ramirez after he waved a gun at them when they tried to confront him about a possibly stolen vehicle, Nelson said.
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, the pair got out and ran, he said. The woman was quickly captured, but the man led officers on a foot chase south on the I-35 service road.
He eventually crossed the northbound lanes of I-35, the median and the southbound lanes, making his way to the shoulder.
Officers noticed the man was pointing a gun at them and oncoming traffic when he stepped into a well-lit area, Nelson said.
“He started jogging toward them,” witness Lindsay Houts of Oklahoma City said. “It looked like he might be surrendering, but it changed really quickly. There were at least five shots, maybe more.”