The Norman Transcript

October 17, 2013

Trooper cleared after I-35 shooting

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — District Attorney Greg Mashburn announced Thursday Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Kimmons was cleared after shooting a juvenile Sept. 22 following a road rage incident along Interstate 35 in Norman.

Kimmons shot the teen after seeing the juvenile attempt to grab a game warden’s gun who he was in a struggle with. The game warden, Chad Strang, was there to assist with the call when he showed up and saw Kimmons and the teen fighting, Mashburn said.

When Strang ran to aid Kimmons and restrain the teen, the juvenile ended up on Strang’s back, ended up on top of Strang and began to tug on his pistol, Mashburn said.

When Kimmons saw this, he pulled away and ordered the teen to comply warning that he would use deadly force. The teen told the trooper to shoot him as he continued to grab for Strang’s gun. At that point, Mashburn said Kimmons had no choice but to use deadly force to prevent the teen from shooting either Strang or him.

The teens were stopped by the trooper after they were involved in a road rage incident where they allegedly kicked and punched another woman’s car they had bumped or collided with, he said.

When the teens attacked her vehicle, she called 911. After Kimmons made contact with the teens following the incident, the driver told him a different story and became agitated when the trooper said the female was going to come meet them, Mashburn said.

When the female arrived and told her side of the story, Kimmons attempted to take the driver into investigative detention, placed one handcuff on the teen and the teen began to assault him, the district attorney said.

All three teens may face charges, but Mashburn said since they are juveniles he was not at liberty to discuss that information.