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OSBI: Burglary suspect who stole bread truck shot by GRDA police

Posted at 5:07 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 12:30:15-04

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- A man is recovering after an officer-involved shooting in Tahlequah early Thursday morning. 

The owner of a bread truck told authorities that the burglary suspect, identified as Marcus Stopp, 25, stole the keys to his truck and took off around 2 a.m.

A Grand River Dam Authority officer spotted the bread truck moving at a high rate of speed, which led to a vehicle pursuit. was being chased. The suspect crashed on Highway 62.

The driver got out and ran through a field.

A GRDA officer fired a single shot at the suspect and hit him. Stopp was treated at the hospital for a single gunshot wound and released to the Cherokee County Jail.

The owner of the truck said his route has been delayed, but he said the situation could have been much worse.

"That’s usually the time I get up is when he took it, so I’m glad I overslept today because if i didn’t and surprised him, he probably would’ve taken shots at me," said William Baine, the truck owner. "From what I’ve heard, he took shots at the officers."

The owner's route includes 40 customers in Hulbert, Cookson and Keys. He's trying to figure out how to tow it and get a rental truck.

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