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May 1, 2013

Suspect in critical condition in officer-involved shooting

NORMAN — Hal Muldrow Drive remains closed at 4 p.m. today as Norman Police investigators continue to shift through the evidence at the scene of an officer-involved shooting. A suspect injured in the shooting is in critical condition at OU Medical Center. An encounter that began at Wendy’s Restaurant on Main Street ended with a police officer shooting a man in a nearby gas station parking lot, police said today.

The unidentified shooting victim was taken to Norman Regional Hospital shortly after noon with multiple gunshot wounds. His condition was not immediately known.

Norman Police Capt. Tom Easley said the man entered the Wendy’s Restaurant, 1908 W. Main St., at about noon Wednesday and went back to the food preparation area. Easley said the man was reportedly wielding a knife.

“Initially, we thought he had cut or stabbed an employee,” Easley said. “The man reportedly punched a woman in the face and left.”

Officers followed him to the Sinclair gas station at 2132 W. Main St. where witnesses said he was acting very aggressively.

Easley said the suspect approached the female officer who stopped her patrol car to confront the man. Easley said the officer warned the man to stop and put his knife down.

Eyewitness Dean Harrington said he saw the female officer southbound on Hal Muldrow as he drove northbound, and noticed the man crossing the street in front of the officer. She ordered the man to stop in the gas station parking lot, the man did not stop, and the officer called on the radio that he was charging her, still weilding a knife. She fired three rounds at him, one reportedly striking the man in the shoulder.

Another witness at Wendy’s told The Transcript the man asked a female employee to come outside and she declined, leading to the confrtontation.

Staff members Caitlin Schudalla, Jamie Berry and Shana Adkisson contributed to this report.

 

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