Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) troopers release dash cam video from a high-speed chase that resulted in gunfire.
According to the OHP, the suspect, Charles McGee, 31, bailed out of his truck and ran from the trooper, during what was supposed to be a routine stop near S.E. 15th and I-35 on March 17.
"A lot of times people talk about routine situations, but you can never just rely on any situation being a routine situation because you never know how it's going to turn out," said OHP Capt. Paul Timmons.
In this scenario, troopers say McGee bailed out of the car during the traffic stop because it was stolen. He disappeared into a nearby building, but then reappeared moments later in a white van he stole from the parking lot.
"Obviously he had no regard for his own safety or anyone else's safety," said Timmons.
As the suspect started to flee the scene in the stolen vehicle, he hit a car and then swerved toward a trooper.
"At that point, the trooper that he drove towards was feeling threatened," said Timmons, "[and] he fired shots at the individual."
No one was hit by the gunfire and McGee continued to make his escape, racing off at speeds greater than 85 miles per hour.
"You have to be aware of how they may react or not react and take proper evasive action in case they react in a way that is improper," said Timmons
The pursuit didn't last long. After speeding through traffic, OHP officials say McGee got the van stuck in a grassy field near Reno Ave. and Sunnylane Rd. He then allegedly ditched the van and tried to hide in the backyard of a nearby residence.
Troopers caught up with him and took him into custody.
McGee is facing charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and endangering others while eluding police officer. He is out of jail on a $21,500 bond.