Easley said the suspect approached the female officer who stopped her patrol car to confront the man and the officer warned the man to stop and put down his knife.
Eyewitness Dean Harrington said he saw the female officer walking southbound on Hal Muldrow Drive 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 wielding a knife. She fired three rounds at him, one reportedly striking the man in the shoulder.
Another witness confirmed that the man was on foot, moving aggressively toward the police officer and refused to stop, even after her first shot was fired.
Norman’s Hal Muldrow Drive was closed for nearly five hours while investigators from Norman Police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol interviewed countless witnesses and potential witnesses along the Main Street corridor near the scene of the shooting.
Staff members Caitlin Schudalla, Jamie Berry and Shana Adkisson contributed to this report.