One Person Hospitalized After Officer-Involved Shooting In Downtown OKC


Sunday, August 2nd 2020, 10:13 pm
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

An officer-involved shooting in downtown Oklahoma City leaves one person in the hospital.  Police received the call around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Officers found multiple cars shot up and one person hit by gunfire.

"Imagine just walking around and hearing a gunshot or two go off," local resident Dru Castro said. "It's kind of scary."

The shooting happened on the east side of Bricktown near an IHOP. Authorities said an officer quickly found himself in a shootout with several suspects. 

"The officer discharged his firearm and that vehicle fled the scene," Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Larry Withrow said. "That officer gave chase and, unfortunately, lost the vehicle a short time later."

Police said one victim arrived at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They are unsure what caused the shooting, but the area was blocked off for several hours as investigators processed the scene.

"The officer involved will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation," Withrow said. "To our knowledge, no other people have been injured in this incident."

This is the second shooting in Bricktown within the last few weeks. The other happened near the Harkins Theatre. 

Castro said he walks around this area often and is now uncomfortable knowing something like this can happen in an instance.

"It's really frightening that you don't know when it's going to happen," Castro said. “Where it's going to happen, you just always got to be prepared for it to be happening."

Investigators are checking to see if there is surveillance video from local businesses and working to interview possible witnesses. 

Police said the vehicle that fled the scene was a dark-colored SUV. Several people were involved in the shooting. However, they do not have any suspect descriptions at this time.

If you have any information in this case, you're asked to call Oklahoma City police at 405-297-1000.