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Oklahoma City police show car of officer who was shot; release radio audio

Bullet holes on the driver's side of a patrol car were shown by police today. The officer who drove the car was struck Sunday and is recovering from an ambush in northwest Oklahoma City
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: September 4, 2010 at 12:32 am •  Published: September 4, 2010

The patrol car of officer Katie Lawson, 27, who was shot in an ambush-style attack Sunday, was put on display today by Oklahoma City police.

Police also released the audiotape of the police radio transmission the night of the shooting, where Lawson can be heard telling the dispatcher “I’ve been shot.”

Lawson has been released from the hospital and is recovering, police Capt. Patrick Stewart said this morning.

“Obviously she’s got a long recovery ahead of her,” Stewart said.

At the Oklahoma City police evidence barn in southeast Oklahoma City, the bullet holes were seen on the officer’s side door, but police did not comment on what happened. Lawson has been interviewed by detectives but declined to talk publicly about the shooting. Drops of blood could be seen on the inside of the patrol car.

“It’s important that the public see the dangers that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis,” Stewart said. “It’s important that the public see the results of this attack on the officer.”

A number of holes on the passenger side of the car are exit holes, he said.

Lawson had just finished assisting an Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped Hector Mercado, 42, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, outside his house at 2705 NW 38.

About 10:45 p.m. Sunday, she radioed dispatchers to say she was stopping to talk to a Hispanic male standing near a business.

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