Oklahoma City police officer who was shot is identified; 3 in custody

Three people have been taken into custody for questioning and tactical team members have searched a house at 2705 NW 38 but no one has been found yet.

BY ROBERT MEDLEY and MATT DINGER Modified: August 30, 2010 at 11:11 am •  Published: August 30, 2010

An Oklahoma City police officer was shot several times as she was driving through a neighborhood on the city's northwest side Sunday night. The officer shot has been identified as Katie Lawson, 27, a four-year veteran.

Three people have been taken into custody for questioning and tactical team members have searched a house at 2705 NW 38 but no one has been found yet.

Police have set up a perimeter this morning and are blocking traffic access at NW 38 and Frankford Avenue on the west, NW 38 and Linn Avenue on the east and between NW 37 and Miller Avenue on the south and NW 39 and Miller on the north side. Traffic is not being allowed into this area.

Tactical team members in protective suits, helmets and rifles are gathering in the neighborhood south of the car. No arrests have been reported.

Investigators are photographing possible evidence this morning west of the sidewalk along the west side of N Miller near a wooden stockade fence. Between NW 39 and NW 38 about a half block north of the patrol car, shattered glass remains in the street. Crime scene trucks remain inside yellow police tape which cordons off the area for a block in each direction.

The officer was hit with several bullets as she was driving north on Miller Avenue near NW 38, Oklahoma City police Capt. Patrick Stewart said. A young Hispanic man on foot approached her police cruiser and fired into the vehicle several times, he said.

Stewart said the officer is in good condition this morning at OU Medical Center.

Stewart said the officer had responded to assist county sheriff's deputies who made a stop at NW 37 and Miller and took a person into custody on a public intoxication complaint. The officer was leaving northbound on N Miller when deputies reported hearing rapid gunfire. Then the officer reported being shot.

About 10:20 p.m., Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies were conducting a DUI traffic stop in the 2700 block of NW 38 and radioed for an Oklahoma City police officer. She was fired upon as she was leaving the traffic stop.

The officer was heard on a scanner saying, "I have been shot," and requesting an ambulance about 10:40 p.m.

Police are investigating a possible second suspect in the shooting.

"She was ambushed by this person or by these persons. It was just a straight ambush," Stewart said.

The area, which is just south of NW 39th Street and east of May Avenue, was scoured by officers and police dogs.


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