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Oklahoma City police identify officer involved in shooting

Oklahoma City police identified Sgt. John Baker in the Sunday shooting of an 18-year-old man near SW 59 and Agnew Avenue. The man's name and condition were not released Monday.
BY JULIANA KEEPING Modified: October 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm •  Published: October 29, 2012

A 10-year veteran of the Oklahoma City police force has been placed on leave after the shooting of a man during a police pursuit.

Sgt. John Baker shot an 18-year-old man late Sunday near SW 59 and Agnew Avenue, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

Baker is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Nelson said.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital, Nelson said.

Police have not confirmed his identity.

The ordeal began as police tried to stop a car about 9:40 p.m. Sunday near SW 59 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

The driver sped away, then got out of the car, with a gun in his hand, and ran, along with two passengers, police said.

“He refused the officer's command to stop and drop the gun,” Nelson said. “The officer fired on the subject as he turned on the officer with a handgun.”

The pursuit and shooting lasted only about a minute, Nelson said.

Police arrested Rafael Zermeno, 17, on outstanding juvenile felony warrants. The third male in the car was not arrested, Nelson said. has disabled the comments for this article.