An undercover Oklahoma City police officer shot and killed a man who hit him with a car Friday, police said.
The shooting occurred about noon in the parking lot of a convenience store at 6221 W Wilshire Blvd.
Police were called to the scene regarding reported narcotics activity. Officers witnessed a drug deal and approached the person who made the sale, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
The man was in his car. Officers in unmarked cars drove toward the suspect, showing their badges. An officer on foot approached from the side and was hit by the man's car as he attempted to drive away.
“That officer then fired on the man in the car, killing him,” Nelson said. “A car can be used as a weapon anytime you are standing in front of a car and someone comes toward you.”
The officer was treated for minor injuries at the scene, he said.
Police said they are interviewing multiple witnesses to the incident.
Nelson said the officer who shot the suspect has been placed on paid administrative leave, and more officers might be put on leave pending the investigation's outcome.
Police have not released the names of the officer or the dead man.
About 25 people gathered across the street outside Lakeside Village Apartments. Many were upset and said the shooting was unprovoked.
Orlando Thomas said he heard four shots and went outside to see what was going on.
“From what I know, you should have never shot if you've never seen a gun,” Thomas said. “What I know is that he never showed a gun and the officer took fire.”
Summer Chain said she was at another complex waiting for a friend to unlock her car when she heard the shooting.
“I heard a shot,” she said. “When I started down the road to see what happened, the parking lot was filled with cops. It was really chaotic.”