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Man in custody after shootout with police at Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa International Airport (TIA)
Posted at 7:16 AM, Dec 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-01 21:35:03-05

TULSA, Okla. — UPDATE: Tulsa Police have named the suspect in Tuesday night's shooting as Joseph Watson.

According to court documents, Watson's trouble with the law began back in 1991. His record includes indecent exposure, two counts of robbery and weapons charges. Captain Richard Meulenberg with TPD said because Watson is a convicted felon he should not have had a gun. He said at the time of the arrest more than two guns were found on Watson.

Police said Watson remains at a hospital where he is being guarded until he is taken to David L. Moss. The woman involved was not injured.

A Tulsa man is in custody after a shootout with a Tulsa International Police officer late Tuesday night.

It happened around 11 p.m. Tuesday night at the arrival section of the airport.

Tulsa police tell 2 News it started after they were notified by Houston authorities of a domestic situation between a Tulsa couple in Houston a few days ago.

After the dispute in Houston, the husband flew back to Tulsa a few days before his wife. His wife arrived back in Tulsa around 11 p.m. and she was being picked up by her brother.

When she arrived, her husband was also here waiting for her. Tulsa police say that’s when the husband opened fire on his wife and her brother.

The two drove off and that’s when airport police chased the suspect into the lower level of the parking garage leading to a shootout. During the shootout, an airport police officer was shot in the chest plate but did not receive any serious injuries.

Two other bystanders were hit by potentially shrapnel by stray bullets that hit their van but they are expected to be okay. The suspect was shot in the foot and was eventually taken to the hospital.

At around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, TPD has located the suspect’s wife and her brother and has brought them in for questioning.

“At this point, we have located everybody. It’s just a matter of interviewing everybody. We have several witnesses here when it took place. We have witness statements. We have detectives contacting them and we’ll just continue to investigate this situation,” Captain Jerrod Hart with the Tulsa Police Department said.

As of 4 a.m. this morning the scene was cleared.

This is a developing situation. We’ll bring you the latest as we learn more.

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