Traffic stop ends with OHP trooper-involved shooting; driver hospitalized, passenger flees scene
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper says he was forced to shoot a suspect at a traffic stop after the driver tried to grab the trooper's gun.
TULSA - An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper says he was forced to shoot a suspect during a traffic stop in east Tulsa overnight after the driver tried to grab the trooper's gun.
Officials say the trooper pulled over a white van with two occupants around 1 a.m. near 11th and Garnett for displaying an expired tag.
Investigators say the driver yelled at the passenger to take something from the van and run. That suspect still has not been located.
Officials say the driver then reached for the trooper's gun. The trooper was able to keep his weapon but shot the suspect in the leg.
The injured suspect drove to the nearby Executive Inn where he was let into a room and called for an ambulance. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials say the trooper was treated for minor injuries to his hand and has been put on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.