Oklahoma City police identified a 22-year-old man on Wednesday who was accused of opening fire on officers on the southwest side of the city. Officers fired back at Twaun Jackson around 1 a.m. in a neighborhood near southwest 84th and South Western Avenue.
Police were initially called to the Spring Creek Villas after Jackson allegedly made threats; he was going to shoot people at the apartment complex. Residents who witnessed the shooting said they were not used to hearing gunshots so early in the morning.
“It happened outside my children’s window,” said Christy, neighbor. “So, we couldn’t rest, it was uncomfortable for sure.”
Christy lives across the street from where the suspect lives with his mother. Neighbors said they never expected Jackson to be part of an officer-involved shooting.
“They are very quiet people,” said Christy. “It’s just very strange, out of character for him.”
Police said Jackson called 911 making threats to harm nearby residents. Witnesses said as soon as officers got there Jackson was in the street and started firing at them.
“It appears they rounded the corner and he made good on his threat that he was going to shoot, and he did,” said Christy. “And they fired back.”
Officers hit Jackson.
“He was wounded,” said Sgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department. “Transported to an area hospital, he is expected to recover.”
The two officers who opened fire on Jackson were not injured and are now on paid administrative leave. Witnesses said a squad car took most of the gunfire. They were not sure how bad Jackson was hurt but knew would return home at some point.
“Thankfully, we saw them take him in an ambulance and not a gurney,” said Christy.
At last check, Jackson went into surgery Wednesday morning and police said he would be booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center once he recovered.