An Oklahoma City police officer is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into why he pulled his gun on a woman while he was off duty.
Police who were called to 17300 Toledo Drive at 11 p.m. Saturday found a woman and a man who identified himself as an Oklahoma City officer, according to an incident report. His name was not released.
Vielka Marilyn Hamel said in an interview Monday that she had gone to her friend's house to borrow a humidifier for one of her sick children. When she got back into her car to drive away, a man with a gun was screaming at her.
“I had my car still running and then I just went up there for a second, grabbed the humidifier and got back in my car, and literally just down the street, this man, that had a hoodie on and flip-flops on, had his gun drawn on me and screaming at me, telling me to get out of the car,” Hamel said.
According to the report, the off-duty officer said he saw a silver Cadillac parked in front of the house for about five minutes and then drive away to the end of the street and turn around. The car drove and turned to leave the housing addition on SW 172 but then the car turned around and parked in front of the house again.
“I had called my friend and asked her if that was her house, because I had only been over there twice, and because it was dark. I asked her, ‘Did you have a different car?' and she said, ‘Yeah, I have a rental,' so I was like, ‘Oh, I have the right house,' so I whipped around,” Hamel said.
The off-duty officer said he saw someone run from the car up to the front of the house and back to the car. He said he thought it was suspicious due to recent burglaries in the area and walked to the car with his weapon drawn, according to the report. The off-duty officer said he identified himself as a police officer.
“He kept screaming at me to get out of the car, get out of the car. At that point, I didn't believe I heard him say that he was a cop until I approached him a little bit more and I had my window a little bit down,” Hamel said. “He was cussing and cursing at me and telling me ‘to get ... out of the car,' and that he was a cop, and I just gunned it.”
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As far as I thought, he was a robber. He was threatening me and cursing at me and yelling at me. It was just handled in an unprofessional manner, and I didn't find out until later that he was a cop.”
Vielka Marilyn Hamel,