Officers used a Taser on a man after he allegedly attempted to carjack a vehicle and held another motorist at knifepoint in a Walmart parking lot.
Zachary Langowski, 23, was arrested August 20.
Norman police said Langowski had multiple felony warrants for failing to appear in court.
Officers approached Langowski near an apartment complex in the 1800 block of 12th Ave. SE.
“When they (officers) saw that individual and attempted to approach him, he immediately began to run from officers,” said Sarah Jensen of the Norman Police Department.
Langowski ran to a nearby apartment complex where he took cover.
It didn’t take long for officers to spot him again. This time police said he ran towards the intersection of 12th Ave. SE and Classen where he unsuccessfully attempted to car jack a vehicle.
Langowski then ran to a nearby Walmart where he got into the passenger seat of a running car with a driver inside and held the man at knifepoint, according to police.
“This bystander is actually able to hold the suspect almost down as officers are running up,” Jensen said. “As offers run up, it really takes the attention off the bystander.”
The bystander was able to safely get out of the car before officers stunned Langowski with a Taser and took him into custody.
No one was seriously hurt.
Wherever you are, regardless the time of day, police urge you always be aware of your surroundings.
“This individual couldn’t have reacted better,” Jensen said. “He was able to, as calm as possible, kind of restrain that individual until officers could safely get the situation to a calm place and get it resolved.”
Langowski is behind bars in Cleveland County.
A judge denied his bond.