Jim Gardner and Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD were in the air as a dramatic scene played out in front of a park full of people.
Oklahoma City police shot and killed a man following a chase. It happened near SW 38th St. and Robinson. Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, authorities spotted someone they had been monitoring, because that suspect had previous robbery warrants. Police tried to pull him over, but he took off, and the chase began.
“The next thing I know I hear a bunch of police cars, and here comes the blue Ford pickup down the street,” Marcus Bowens said.
The suspect traveled up and down streets as police trailed right behind the driver.
“It flew through here and then scattered everywhere else,” Daniela Guiterrez said.
“He refused to stop,” Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said. “He led the agents and officers on a pursuit.”
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The chase ended near SW 38th and Robinson, when the truck jumped a curb and spiraled down the hill and nearly into a creek in Draper Park. There were two people inside the vehicle, a man and a woman, and the man got out of the driver's side with a gun.
“As he got out of the vehicle with a firearm officers opened fire shooting the suspect,” Nelson said.
“We heard one at first and after that you just hear boom, boom, boom,” Guiterrez said. “I'm guessing more than seven.”
Meanwhile, school was just letting out and children were outside during it all, during an afterschool program sponsored by police.
“There were people all around the park,” Nelson said. “We had kids on the playground in the park behind us at the police athletic league.”
The female passenger was taken away by police and the suspect died at the scene.
“You don't get in a shootout with cops,” Bowens said. “Not in Oklahoma. They don't play that.”
Police have not released that victims name yet and are still investigating the case.