Norman Police Department officers were patrolling in the area of Alameda Street and 12th Avenue attempting to locate a wanted violent felon on Thursday (April 7). Upon locating a vehicle and individual matching his description, officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Alameda Street at approximately 8:42 p.m. The vehicle initially stopped but quickly continued eastbound on Alameda Street, southbound on 24th Avenue SE, and then eastbound on State Highway 9. During the course of the pursuit, the subject was driving at a high rate of speed, at times in the lanes of oncoming traffic.
While travelling on State Highway 9, officers attempted multiple unsuccessful tactical vehicle interventions (TVI). The vehicle preceded south onto 60th Avenue SE from State Highway 9 where an additional TVI occurred disabling the vehicle. As officers gave commands to the occupants, the driver exited the vehicle with a firearm. The driver then pointed the firearm and fired at an officer. Four officers returned fire at the driver stopping his actions. Officers and medical personnel immediately began rendering aid. The driver passed away as a result of injuries sustained during the incident.
Two other individuals were in the vehicle. One was treated and released for injuries sustained during the course of the incident. The third person was uninjured. The initial investigation indicates these individuals had no criminal involvement in the incident.
The four officers who discharged their weapons have been placed on routine administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigations. No officers were injured during the incident.
The incident is an active investigation by the NPD Criminal Investigations Division. Identities of involved persons will be released when available.