Oklahoma City police officer shoots man during stolen car chase

An Oklahoma City police officer was responding to a stolen vehicle report at about 1 a.m. Sunday near the 2600 block of N Sterling Avenue when he shot a man after the man shot himself and threatened the officer with a gun.
From Staff Reports Modified: September 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm •  Published: September 22, 2013
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An Oklahoma City police officer shot a man early Sunday after the man shot himself during a stolen car chase, police said.

The officer was responding to report about a stolen vehicle about 1 a.m. near the 2600 block of N Sterling Avenue. After the officer took the report, the stolen vehicle's owner's friends told the officer they saw the car driving around in the area, police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

The officer drove through several apartment parking lots in the area and spotted the car as it passed him, Nelson said.

The officer tried to stop the vehicle, and the driver bailed out and ran down N Sterling Avenue. The man turned around in the middle of the street and shot himself and then pointed the gun at the officer, Nelson said.

The officer shot the man, who has been identified only as a 28-year-old white man. The man was taken to a hospital where he is in critical condition with injuries that are not life-threatening, Nelson said.

The officer, whose name also has not been released, has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is being investigated, Nelson said.

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