The woman fatally shot by Oklahoma City police Wednesday evening may have been pregnant, according to her online profile.
Karen Cifuentes, 19, died after being shot about 6:15 p.m. near Melrose Lane and Rockwell Avenue, police said.
Cifuentes was driving a car that police said hit Sgt. Jeran Stevens, an eight-year police veteran, before he fired his gun and fatally wounded her. Police said they were investigating an illegal drug transaction before the shooting took place.
Police arrested Juan Aguilera Perez, 24, of Oklahoma City, on a murder complaint because he was in the car with Cifuentes when she was fatally shot. Perez also was arrested on a complaint of possession of a controlled and dangerous substance with intent to distribute, according to a news release from police.
Shanderrick Cleveland, 26, of Oklahoma City, who got out of the car driven by Cifuentes and ran shortly before the shooting happened, was caught and arrested at the scene on a complaint of possession of a controlled and dangerous substance with intent to distribute.
A Facebook profile belonging to Cifuentes has posts dating back to June that say she is pregnant. Perez’s sister, who declined to give her name, told The Oklahoman her brother and Cifuentes were dating and confirmed the profile belonged to the woman fatally shot on Wednesday.
“It’s horrible,” the sister said. “We’re still waiting to find out what happened because we don’t know very much.”
Capt. Dexter Nelson said investigators do not know if Cifuentes was pregnant at the time of her death. An autopsy will find whether she was pregnant, he said.
Cleveland was charged in Oklahoma County District Court on July 22 with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of proceeds from illegal drug sales and illegal drug paraphernalia, according to records on the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network website. His next court date on the marijuana charges is in October.
Perez was arrested in Oklahoma City in May 2013 and booked at the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of possession of marijuana and illegal drug paraphernalia, according to jail records. Oklahoma Supreme Court Network does not show any record of charges being filed in that case.
Cifuentes did not have a criminal record in Oklahoma.
Undercover officers were working an illegal drug case in plain clothes, but they had put on their visibly marked police vests before trying to make arrests, and they showed their police badges before the shooting took place, Nelson said.
Cleveland was taken into custody as he exited the car in the parking lot before Perez and Cifuentes attempted to flee in the car. The car struck Stevens in the street near Rockwell Avenue and Stevens fired his gun, striking Cifuentes, police reported.
Cifuentes was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital.
Stevens was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.
There have been eight officer-involved shootings in Oklahoma City this year and Wednesday night’s incident was the fifth fatal shooting.