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QT customer takes video of officer involved shooting

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 12:52:21-04

TULSA, Okla. -- A QuikTrip customer captured a portion of the officer-involved shooting at 51st and Harvard on camera. One Tulsa police officer is recovering after shot in the leg during a traffic stop.

2 Works for You got cell phone video from a QuikTrip customer. He claims he was there when shots were fired.

“Bullets don’t have a name on them so it can be anybody," a customer said.

Tulsa police officers pulled over a vehicle after they say the license plate tag did not match the make and model of the car.

“You weren’t expecting that to happen especially in broad daylight at QuikTrip," a customer said.
Tulsa police say the driver did not follow commands. In a video provided, smoke is seen inside the car from the pepper balls, which was the non-lethal weapon first fired by officers.  

“9 or 10 shots it sounded like they just started exploding around the van to where you couldn’t see into it anymore," a customer said.

You can hear gunshots in the video and see an officer jump away from the vehicle after getting shot in the leg. A backup officer helped the wounded officer. Both the officer and the suspect were rushed to the hospital.

The officer has been released from the hospital and the suspect is still in the hospital. In the early stages of the investigation into the shooting, Tulsa police believe officers gave the suspect ample opportunity to comply, but the suspect did not comply.

“They told us to run and so I tried to run over there and fell and thought I was hit," witness Lauretta Lunsford said.

 Some cars in the gas station parking lot were struck by bullets and other trapped inside the crime scene tape. One of those cars belonged to Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist.  

“You could hear gunshots and they told us to get down and run for cover," Lunsford said.
It's a day most QuikTrip customers will remember.

2 Works for You have requested the body camera footage, but that could take a few days for the department to compile. The second officer involved is on paid administrative leave, which is normal in a case like this.

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