Woman shot by Oklahoma City police officer may have been pregnant

Karen Cifuentes, 19, died after being shot about 6:15 p.m. near Melrose Lane and Rockwell Avenue. Her Facebook profile shows she may have been pregnant.
by Robert Medley and Jonathan Sutton Modified: September 5, 2014 at 11:06 am •  Published: September 4, 2014

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.

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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