A man was accused of using his car and gun to attack an Oklahoma City police officer on Sunday that led to an officer-involved shooting. During an interview with investigators, 37-year-old Quinton Pace admitted he was trying to get police to kill him.
Pace told investigators he left his home in Midwest City on Sunday morning with a gun and was looking for an officer to stop him. After unsuccessfully attempting to get police attention on metro roads, Pace targeted an officer near Northeast 52nd Street and Martin Luther King Avenue.
He allegedly side-swiped Officer Samuel Flowers and then rammed his patrol car, causing both drivers to crash. The officer was trapped in his car.
“The suspect gets out of his car and engages with gunfire,” said Capt. Dan Stewart, Oklahoma City Police Department. “Starts shooting at our officer.”
Police said the trapped officer was able to grab a rifle and shoot at Pace, hitting him. The officer was not hit, but Pace was taken to the hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening injury. He was later taken to police headquarters for questioning.
According to an arrest warrant, Pace told investigators he was depressed after losing several family members and admitted he wanted police to kill him because his girlfriend and kids left him. Pace also voiced that he was a barber and lost all of his business during the pandemic.
Police asked Pace about a post that was on his Facebook page that stated he would kill a cop. He told investigators he was hoping police would see the post and show up to his home in Midwest City.
News 9 did stop at the address listed on the arrest warrant. Pace’s mother lives at the home and said she did not realize her son’s mental health issues were as bad as they were until this weekend. She did not want to go on camera, but said her son was on suicide watch at the Oklahoma County Detention Center.
Pace was accused of shooting with intent to kill and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
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