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Weekend round-up: Two men shot by police in separate Oklahoma City incidents

by Juliana Keeping Published: October 29, 2012

Two shot by Oklahoma City police

We in OKC got a break in homicides this weekend…only to be inundated with officer-involved shootings.

Two men were shot by Oklahoma City police officers within four days.

Details are pretty sparse so far.

Oklahoma City police investigate an officer-involved shooting Thursday in the parking lot of Buy For Less, 415 SW 59. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma City police investigate an officer-involved shooting Thursday in the parking lot of Buy For Less, 415 SW 59. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman.
Thursday, a man was acting strangely, walking in the middle of traffic near SW 59 and Walker Avenue. Police got there and the man moved into the parking lot of the Buy For Less Buy-Super Mercado. He lunged at officers, and they shot him. Initially, police said he pointed a gun at them. It turns out he had a lock-blade knife in his hand. Friday, Jerry Ray Pierce, 35, remained in critical but stable condition at OU Medical Center. For reasons unknown, the OU spokesman today said he could not give a status update on the man’s condition. I’m not sure why that is, since they gave one Friday – it could be the patient or his family changed his status to private to avoid inquiries like mine. Two officers shot Pierce and are now on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. They are 30-year police veteran and supervisor Lt. Mike Hutchcroft, and officer Tyler Bartlett, both of the Santa Fe Patrol Division, police said.

Internal affairs has to interview the officers and over a dozen witnesses in that case, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

Internal affairs has a lot on its plate these days.

A few days later, an 18-year-old man was shot while fleeing police.

The basics are trickling out to the public. Police have relayed:
The run-in with police started when gang unit officers on another call noticed a car that pulled out of a parking lot was acting kinda funny. Reckless, if you will. Adding to that hunch, three youths hopped out of the car and started to run, while the car was still moving. The officers got out of their squad car, too. One of them chased the driver. Police said today that the driver had a gun and turned toward the officer, who shot him. We do not know the 18-year-old’s name or medical condition yet. The officer who shot the 18-year-old is Sgt. John Baker, a 10-year veteran of the force. He is also on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The whole ordeal lasted about a minute.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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