Charges Filed Against Alleged Gunman In Deadly Shootout With OKC Police


Friday, October 31st 2014, 11:51 am
By: News 9


The alleged gunman in a deadly shootout with Oklahoma City Police has been charged with a slew of crimes.

Oklahoma County prosecutors charged Shane Rhea with murder, kidnapping, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, two counts of pointing a firearm at another, and four counts of shooting with intent to kill in the October 8 incident.

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Rhea is accused of shooting at officers, injuring two, when they responded to a hostage call at the Plaza Inn Motel near S.E. 29th and I-35.

Prosecutors allege Rhea opened fire on the officers. One man inside the hotel room was also hit by gunfire. 

“I just heard pop, pop, pop,” said Justin Hanna.

He gave the first account of what happened when Rhea allegedly fired shots at officers, injuring two of them.

Hanna and 72 others are now listed as witnesses in the state's case against Rhea. Several watched what happened after the initial gunfire.

Rhea fled the room holding Samantha Monden hostage as he ran along the east service road of I-35. He allegedly entered the interstate and tried to carjack a couple traveling northbound.

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Prosecutor said when Rhea was unsuccessful, he shot and killed Monden. Police immediately returned fire injuring Rhea. He's been hospitalized, in police custody since the incident.