Suspect Critical, New Video Emerges In Norman Officer-Involved Shooting
NORMAN, Oklahoma - New video has emerged form an officer-involved shooting in Norman that left one man in critical condition.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon right outside the Presidential Gardens Apartments.
Winter Gilbert says a strange man approached her at the apartment complex early Sunday afternoon.
“He asked to use my sister's phone, and so, she let him, and he was like, going crazy on his mom,” Gilbert said.
Gilbert said that’s when the man got worked up and demanded drugs from his mother.
“Whenever he got on the phone with his mom, he started freaking out,” Gilbert said.
About an hour later, Gilbert was shocked to see the same guy in a standoff with police officers.
Several neighbors watched, some even taking video on their phones.
“There was a whole bunch of people out here. There were quite a few people filming it and everything,” Gilbert said.
Norman Police say after several minutes, the suspect pointed a gun at officers, and two officers shot at him.
“They began negotiating with that individual. That individual raised a firearm to officers. Those two officers did fire shots at that individual,” Norman Police Public Information Officer Sarah Jensen said Sunday.
The suspect was taken to an area hospital for his injuries.
Police say he’s currently in critical condition.
Meanwhile, Norman Police are conducting an internal investigation, and the officers who fired their guns are on administrative leave.
Names of those involved have not yet been released.
Neighbors claim the suspect’s mother lives in the Presidential Gardens complex, but the leasing office says they’re still unsure of his identity.
Monday evening, the Norman Police Department released the following statement concerning the bystander video posted to social media:
The Norman Police Department has been made aware of a bystander video posted to social media depicting a small portion of yesterday's officer-involved shooting in the 2600 block of Van Bruen Street.
The video shows the incident from a significant distance and at an angle that makes it difficult for the full incident and subject's weapon to be seen.
The incident in its entirety was also captured on the department's body-worn cameras. This video shows officers negotiating with the subject for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, along with officers pleading with the subject to surrender and not reach for his weapon. The video also shows the subject failing to comply with the officers commands, reaching into his waistband, and then pointing his weapon towards officers on scene. First aid was immediately rendered during which time the subject is heard apologizing to officers for his actions during the course of the incident.
The incident remains under investigation. Body-worn camera footage of the incident will be released as soon as it is cleared by investigators.