An investigation was ongoing late Monday night into an officer-involved shooting incident after shots were fired at a suspect vehicle during a high-speed pursuit Monday near Tecumseh, authorities said.
An investigation was ongoing late Monday night into an officer-involved shooting incident after shots were fired at a suspect vehicle during a high-speed pursuit near Tecumseh, authorities said.
The driver who allegedly led law enforcement officers on that pursuit was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital after the chase ended in a crash south of Asher.
The Pottawatomie County Sheriffs Office first released information on social media that deputies and Tecumseh police officers were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle, indicating the chase was going southbound on U.S. 177.
Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said Tecumseh officers were initially notified that a vehicle stolen from an Ardmore car lot was pinging a GPS signal in Tecumseh. Kidney said he went to the location and found the vehicle.
Officers attempted a felony stop at gunpoint in the area of Fourth and Walnut Streets, Kidney said.
The driver didn't stop and instead a pursuit commenced and went to U.S. 177, he said, where speeds reached 100 mph. At one point, the vehicle turned onto Sooner Road, a circle drive dead-end, he said, and two officers followed. With an officer out of a patrol unit, the driver allegedly drove toward and struck the police unit, Kidney said, and that officer did fire some rounds at the suspect vehicle.
The suspect vehicle then continued back toward U.S. 177.
Sheriff Mike Booth said during the chase, the driver was proceeding at a high rate of speed, going through stop signs and traveling in other lanes, which included the truck traveling on its rims toward the end.
The pursuit continued southbound past the Pottawatomie County line and turned toward Stratford on U.S. 177, where it ended in a crash.
The driver fled on foot but five passengers were taken into custody.
Booth said the driver, who was found a few minutes later in an abandoned structure, was found bleeding with an injury on his head and neck.
That suspect was taken by Medi Flight helicopter ambulance to an Oklahoma City hospital, Kidney said.
There was no updated word on that suspect's condition and no names were being released by authorities late Monday night.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting from the chase, Kidney said. Authorities aren't yet sure if the suspect driver was possibly injured by gunfire or shrapnel, Kidney said.
Watch for updates.