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.”
The off-duty officer's arm was caught inside the vehicle while Hamel drove away and he said, “Stop the car or I will shoot,” according to the report.
Hamel said the man wedged his arm with the gun into the car when she tried to drive away and the man threatened to kill her. She said he hit her at the back of her head while she tried to flee.
Hamel then drove over a curb, damaged her back passenger tire and could not drive away. The man asked her what she was doing there and she said she told him about the humidifier and begged him to not kill her.
A few minutes later, the man looked for his flip-flop, told Hamel she could go and walked away, Hamel said.
“The next thing I knew, he just disappeared. He didn't call the police, he didn't show me his badge,” she said.
Hamel said the neighbors called the police while she called her husband. Her husband went to a house with a police car in the driveway and knocked on the door. The off-duty officer answered and said he would return to Hamel's car and speak to the police.
“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,” Hamel said.
Hamel said her husband, her husband's brother and the friend she was borrowing the humidifier from helped change her back tire while officers gathered information.
Hamel said she did not receive an apology from the off-duty officer.
“Policemen are supposed to protect and serve and that was not serving nor protecting,” she said.
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,