Grand theft auto suspect shot by cop in Muskogee, reportedly reached for officer's gun during arrest

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation are reviewing an officer-involved shooting that led to a suspect being air lifted to a local hospital Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say a Muskogee police officer pulled over a car just around 12:15 p.m. that matched the description of one reported stolen earlier in the day. 

Another officer soon drove up to the scene, across the street from the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, to assist in arresting the three suspects inside the car.

Two of the suspects were put into one of the Muskogee squad cars without incident, but during the third suspect's arrest a scuffle ensued with the assisting officer.

That man, Thomas Estes, went to grab for the cop's gun, the on-site officers said, at which point the initial officer fired, shooting the 33-year-old in the midsection. 

Emergency crews responded, transporting him to a Muskogee hospital before flying him to a Tulsa hospital, where he underwent surgery.

His condition has not been announced. Marvin Green, the driver of the stolen car, has been arrested and is expected to be charged with one count of stolen property. The female suspect was questioned and released.

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of OBI's investigation. A district attorney will ultimately decide if the shooting was justified.

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