Mother questions officer's use of deadly force

Monday, July 21st 2008, 4:35 pm
By: News 9

By Charles Bassett, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A teenager who was shot in the head Saturday by an Oklahoma City police officer remains in critical condition.

Family members said they don't expect Daryl Ray Wilson, 18, to live. He was shot in the head Saturday night by officer Grant Brooks, police said.

Brooks was patrolling when heard shots fired at the Twin Lakes Apartment complex in the 6200 block of NW 63, Capt. Steve McCool said.

Police said when the officer arrived Wilson was backing up his car away from the scene and accelerated when Brooks tried to stop him. Wilson ended up crashing into another vehicle and Brooks ordered the teenager out of the car, McCool said.

"At the time when he came out of that car and he came up, there was a vehicle that was between the officer and Mr. Wilson," McCool said. "In the mind of the officer at the time, when he saw Wilson coming up with his hand he believed he was threatened at that point and that's when he discharged his weapon."

Police said they did find a gun in the car, but not in the teen's hand.

Wilson's mother, Rolanda Wilson, said she doesn't think the use of deadly force was justified.

"The officer shot my son without thinking," Rolanda Wilson said. "It's obvious he don't have a gun, so why shoot him? He was running away from the scene not toward the officer."

Brooks had been on the force about a year and was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome the shooting investigation, police said.