Police have released the name of the man who was shot by officers in the middle of a grocery store parking lot Thursday afternoon.
It happened near S.W. 59th and Walker in Oklahoma City. It turns out that man has had several run-ins with the law.
His name is Jerry Ray Pierce. And the 35 year old is no stranger to the Oklahoma City Police Department, or other metro departments. In fact, he's a convicted felon who's tried to hurt police officers in the past.
We checked court records and Jerry Ray Pierce has a criminal record that dates back to 1997. He's been convicted of knowingly concealing stolen property, stealing cars, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Jerry Ray Pierce is also facing charges for both shopliftings and stealing cars in Norman and Moore.
Oklahoma City Police say they received a check welfare call Thursday afternoon to the intersection of S.W. 59th and Walker. That's where officers found Pierce walking in the middle of the busy intersection.
Police say when they tried to talk to him, he ran to the nearby Buy-for-Less parking lot. When officers tried to talk to him again, they say he lunged at them with a knife.
Police spokesman Dexter Nelson says that's when officers opened fire in self-defense.
This all happened in the middle of the afternoon, right in front of people visiting the grocery store.
Police interviewed several witnesses. And the officers involved have been placed on routine administrative leave with pay.
Right now, Pierce is listed in serious condition. One of the officers involved in the shooting is a 30-year police veteran. The other has been on the force three years.
Pierce could face new charges of assault with a dangerous weapon as a result of that incident. Internal affairs is also investigating the shooting.