Oklahoma City police release names of two officers involved in shooting

The names of two police officers involved in a weekend shooting have been released. Both officers are on a routine leave pending investigation into the shooting.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: February 27, 2012 at 11:18 am •  Published: February 27, 2012

The names of two police officers involved in the weekend shooting of a man have been released.

The involved officers were Detective John Szymanski, a17-year police veteran, and patrol officer Grant Hansen, who is assigned to a gang enforcement unit and has been on the force four years.

Demontrail Lavon Smith, 20, was shot. Police say Smith pointed a firearm at officers and was in possession of marijuana.

About 4:50 p.m. Saturday, a group of young men were congregating at Pitts Park at NE 20 and Kate Avenue, police said. As the officers attempted to determine what the men were doing, one ran and refused orders to stop.

The officers gave chase on foot and in a patrol car into the 1400 block of NE 17. As they approached Smith, he turned toward the officers with a handgun, police said. Both officers fired, striking Smith.  

Smith remains hospitalized. Both officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is being conducted by the Oklahoma City police homicide unit. The investigation will be followed by an internal affairs investigation, according to a police news release.

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