TULSA-– A Creek County man shot by a deputy is recovering in the hospital with what investigators are calling non-life threatening injuries.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations is working alongside Creek County officials on the case.
OSBI confirmed the identity of the man who was hit as 23-year-old Tyler Shepard. The man was transported with non-life threatening injuries from the area of 45th Street West and West 61st Street.
Orange cones line the street being blocked off by crime scene tape— obvious signs of a shooting. Investigators say three people called 911 after hearing several shots fired around 1:15 p.m. Thursday.
“A deputy showed up to respond to the 911 call came in contact with the individual of named Tyler Don Shepard,” said OSBI investigator Kevin Garrett.
Investigators say Shepard was shot once by a Creek County deputy.
According to online court records Shepard has a history of criminal convictions going back to 2013. His convictions include arrests for dealing and possessing meth and auto theft. He was released from prison in March.
“He steals vehicles and he'll steal anything and he brings it here to hide so there's constantly something going on,” said neighbor Breanna Dishman.
Neighbors say police activity has ramped up on this street in recent weeks.
A witness tells 2 Works For You that he saw Shepard engaged in a shoot out with someone in a small black car. That vehicle was gone before deputies arrived.
The witness said a man believed to be the person shot came out of a trailer and reached for a gun in his waistband— that’s when the witness says a Creek County sheriff’s deputy opened fire.
The witness said it appeared the shot hit the man in the back. We are still working to confirm the witness accounts with authorities.
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