The Norman Transcript


July 10, 2014

Deputies identified: Cody Shobe, Chris Noel involved in fatal shooting

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office released the names of two deputies who remain on paid administrative leave following a deadly shooting Saturday in Norman.

About 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Deputy Cody Shobe stopped a GMC sport utility vehicle for a traffic violation near the intersection of 24th Avenue Southwest and Boyd Street in Norman.

The driver identified as Christopher Mormann, 36, of Noble, and his passenger, Nicholas Popplewell, 27, of Norman, were the only occupants inside the SUV. Soon after, Deputy Chris Noel and his K-9 partner arrived at the traffic stop to assist.

During the traffic stop, Mormann advised Shobe that a gun and drugs were in the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to the presence of drugs shortly after Mormann’s admission. During contact, Popplewell ran to Noel’s patrol car and got inside the vehicle.

Shobe ran after Popplewell and attempted to extract Popplewell from the patrol vehicle. Popplewell managed to put the vehicle in drive and drag Shobe a short distance.

Noel opened fire and struck Popplewell. Popplewell was transported by ambulance to Norman Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives have confirmed three outstanding warrants for Popplewell’s arrest. Records show that a felony warrant was filed in McClain County for first-degree robbery and aggravated assault and battery. Two warrants were filed in Cleveland County for failure to appear on a pending case and petit larceny.

Mormann was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center on complaints of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. He bonded out of jail Saturday afternoon.

Investigators continue to interview witnesses and examine evidence. Once detectives have completed their investigation, they will turn their findings over to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office, who will determine whether the shooting was justified.

Sheriff Joe Lester and investigators would like to thank the Norman Police Department and University of Oklahoma Police Department for assistance at the scene Saturday. Investigators from both agencies aided with collecting and processing evidence. Their assistance continues to be invaluable in the investigation.


Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Braddy_1. Norman North teen struck by freight train recovering with therapy

    A Norman North teen struck by a freight train in May is on the road to recovery and ready to get back to school after spending most of his summer in a hospital. Harrison Braddy, 16, has been staying busy with rehab and physical therapy ...

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Storm victims face loan dilemma

    The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans....

    July 27, 2014

  • Teen critical after rescue

    A 17-year-old Yukon male was transported to the hospital Sunday after a near drowning incident at Lake Thunderbird in the Party Cove area. Emergency crews responded to the lake after a report of a possible drowning around 5:30 p.m. ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Migrant kids go to Mass

    The services have all the elements of a typical Sunday Mass — singing, scripture, a sermon, prayers, communion and worship....

    July 27, 2014

  • Injury accident reported

    Transcript Staff Emergency crews responded to an injury accident around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 80th Avenue Southeast where there were reports of someone pinned. Several reports indicated a vehicle struck a tree causing one ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Photo Slideshow: James Garner through the years

    Photos of James Garner...

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisons expand reach to bring training to more officers

    McALESTER — Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno....

    July 27, 2014

  • SWIMMER Aquatic center could serve many community needs

    Michael Yoch could have been the kid with asthma sitting on the sidelines — could have been, but wasn’t. Michael had trouble running because of his asthma, which made it difficult to play soccer and many other sports his friends loved. ...

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Director leaves decade of memories

    Maureen Dolan is giving up the post as director of St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Development Center, fondly called “St. Joe’s” by the many parents whose pre-school children have spent their weekdays under her care over the past 10 years....

    July 27, 2014

  • Health officials prepare for flu

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a flu season in which a record number of Oklahomans died as a result of the virus, state and county health officials say educating the public and general common sense are vital to reducing both the death rate and ...

    July 27, 2014