Officers shoot, kill suspect after high speed chase

PRYOR, Okla. - A police chase in Pryor Thursday ended with a woman in custody and a man shot dead near Highway 69 and Oakwood.

Officials say the chase started around 9:30 A.M. after a Grand River Dam Authority police officer, who was on routine patrol,  ran a vehicle tag of a stolen Hyundai Sonata.

After a short car chase, the vehicle ended up crashing near a pond.

Authorities say the driver, Claudia Taylor, 32, of Tahlequah,  surrendered immediately while the passenger,  Dustin Shirrel, 30, also of Tahlequah, ran into a wooded area.

Officers from three different agencies were able to locate Shirrel, but once he was found police say he waved a gun towards officers.

Authorities say the officers then opened fire.

According to officials, Shirrel died at the scene from his injuries. They say he was on probation at the time of this incident for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Police took Taylor into custody and booked her into the Mayes County Jail for possession of a stolen vehicle.

Lincoln, Jefferson and Pryor High School were all locked down while authorities conducted the search.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case.

Once their investigation is complete, they will turn their report over to the Mayes County District Attorney, who will determine whether the shooting was justified.


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