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Norman police identify man shot by officers

Jimmie Wheeler, 44, is expected to be released from OU Medical Center on Sunday, Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 10, 2014 at 8:32 pm •  Published: August 11, 2014
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A man shot Saturday by Norman police was released from an Oklahoma City hospital Sunday and taken into custody, police said.

Jimmie Wheeler, 44, was shot by at least one officer in the torso after a car chase that ended outside Norman police’s jurisdiction.

Police said Wheeler was released Sunday afternoon from OU Medical Center, and was taken into custody on a complaint of eluding a police officer, Norman police Capt. Tom Easley said.

Wheeler also has two Oklahoma County arrest warrants accusing him of robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony.

What happened

Norman police responded about 12:30 p.m. Saturday to a report of a suspicious person and vehicle in the 2500 block of 168th Avenue NE.

When an officer arrived, Wheeler fled and a chase ensued, Easley said.

The chase went on for about two miles and ended at 192nd Avenue NE and E Rock Creek Road, where Wheeler crashed his car at a dead end, Easley said.

There, Wheeler was shot at least once in the upper body.

Easley said two Norman officers and one Cleveland County deputy were involved in the shooting. None were injured.

The Cleveland County deputy did not fire a shot, Easley said.

Easley did not identify any of the officers involved. He said investigators are still piecing together what happened.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave while the Norman police investigate the shooting.