OSBI: Okmulgee County deputy opens fire, striking the suspect's passenger in the neck

Posted at 4:54 PM, Mar 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-09 12:43:39-05

OKMULGEE, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Okmulgee Wednesday afternoon.

OSBI says an Okmulgee police officer opened fire and hit the passenger of the suspect's car. Amanda Morrow was hit in the neck and had to be airlifted to the hospital. At this time, it is unclear how she was related to the suspect, 31-year-old Michael D. Sanchez.

The incident began when Okmulgee County deputies attempted an undercover buy of items sold by Sanchez at the Walmart off South Wood Drive. In a press release, OSBI didn’t specify what items were being sold.

Before deputies could make the buy, they say Sanchez sped away, leading them on the chase. Police later joined the chase.

Several officers used their patrol cars to block Sanchez’ path at the Taylor Drive Apartments. Sanchez attempted to drive around the vehicles when an officer fired his weapon, striking Sanchez’ passenger in the neck.

Sanchez was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation.

The OSBI says Sanchez is facing more criminal complaints.

Digging into his criminal past, 2 Works for You found that Sanchez's wife recently filed a protective order against him three days ago. In the order, she claimed that Sanchez used to hit her, choke her and one time hit her with a hammer.

To be clear, Sanchez's wife was not the passenger in his car during the pursuit.

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