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May 3, 2013

Man shot near Wendy’s restaurant by Norman police officer has criminal history

NORMAN — The man shot by a Norman police officer on Wednesday has a long criminal history, including a 2007 conviction for assault and battery, according to court records. on Thursday, investigators identified the man as Richard Darwin Eaton, 44, whose last known address is 300 Hal Muldrow Drive in Norman.

Eaton is listed in stable condition at OU Medical Center. Although he is receiving medical treatment for gunshot wounds, he is in police custody, with formal charges pending.

Court records indicate that Eaton has spent a good part of his adult life incarcerated, according to Department of Corrections records. Charges have included burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and forgery.

The 6 foot, 180-pound white male was shot by a female Norman police officer shortly after allegedly demanding $40 and accosting an employee at a Wendy’s restaurant, according to eyewitness and police accounts. The police officer repeatedly issued verbal warnings to Eaton before opening fire as he approached her in an aggressive manner. Eyewitnesses said he was armed with a small kitchen knife.

The police officer involved in Eaton’s shooting is on administrative leave in accordance with standard department policy, which also prevents the release of the officer’s name for 72 hours.

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